Negotiations continue in Evergreen, Battle Ground, Washougal

first_imgThe chips are falling in most teacher salary negotiations around Clark County, but a few — and notable — districts remain at the picket lines.Teachers remain on strike in Evergreen, Battle Ground and Washougal, continuing to delay classes for tens of thousands of Clark County students. Districts and their unions across Washington are at odds over the additional money allocated by two years of McCleary legislation. The Legislature allocated $7.3 billion over four years toward basic education during the 2017 session, then put another $1 billion toward teacher salaries this year.The district and teachers union were not negotiating Tuesday because the state-appointed mediator was in Centralia, Evergreen Education Association President Bill Beville said. Both sides plan to return to the bargaining table Wednesday.“We’re just taking it day by day with what we know in front of us and working through it,” district spokeswoman Gail Spolar said. “I know it’s frustrating for families. It’s frustrating for the staff, it’s frustrating for anyone working and connected with the districts.”After a period of not posting information to the district’s website on the advice of the state mediator, the district is again posting its latest contract proposals online. The latest proposal from the district would start teachers at $51,288, which includes five days of professional development, topping out for the most experienced teachers at $98,279. The following year, that range would increase to $52,263 to $100,090.Battle Ground Public Schools continued bargaining on Tuesday. Linda Peterson, president of the Battle Ground Education Association, said bargaining teams met until after 11 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and negotiators were ready to do so again.last_img read more