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KEA & School District Reach Tentative Agreement


February 25, 2008
Monday PM

Ketchikan, Alaska - After two-and-a-half days of bargaining, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District and the Ketchikan Education Association Teacher's Union agreed Wednesday night to a tentative three-year deal.

The agreement, which includes a 4% salary increase in each year of the contract, must still be ratified by the Association and approved by the School Board. Other major provisions of the proposed contract include:

A 2.5% insurance increase for the 2008-2009 school year
A 5% insurance increase for the 2009-2010 school year
A 10% insurance increase for the 2010-2011 school year
Agreement that at least two sabbaticals will be granted every five years

Most notably, the proposed contract will extend the school year by 5 days.

"The District had three primary objectives as it entered into bargaining. First, the Board had a strong desire to increase the amount of contact time its students had with teachers. Second, we wanted the new contract provisions completed in time to be included in our budget. And third, we wanted to offer a contract that would allow us to continue to recruit and retain a high-quality, dedicated staff. The District whole-heartedly believes that this agreement accomplishes all three of those objectives," said School Board President and District Negotiating Team Member Russell Thomas.

"This agreement achieves two significant objectives for the District. The additional five days of instruction provide a platform for increasing student achievement, and the compensation package gives the District the ability to attract and retain the highest quality professional staff," said Bob Boyle, Superintendent of Schools and District Negotiating Team Member.

According to KEA President Roxanne Abajian and KEA Negotiation Spokesman Dan Ortiz, both parties bargained in good faith over a two-and-a-half day period in which both sides were able to come to a tentative agreement. "It is now up to our members to decide whether it's in their best interest to accept that agreement," said Ortiz.


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Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District


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