The District was excited to begin bargaining with MEA this evening, April 19, 2023, and was ready to exchange its proposal. At tonight’s bargaining session, the parties discussed and agreed to the ground rules so that the parties can proceed with exchanging full proposals at the next bargaining session scheduled for May 2, 2023.
The District Bargaining Team includes, Janel Reed, Chief HR Officer; Brad Earl, Assistant Superintendent of Operations; Kirk Kolb, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning; Sandy Holman, Principal Hoover Elementary; Charity MacLeod, Principal McLoughlin Middle School; and Rebekah Jacobson, District Counsel. The School Board will continue to be updated and provide input to the team throughout the process.
The first bargaining session typically includes introductions and agreeing on ground rules. The District sent proposed ground rules to the Association on March 30th along with ten dates for bargaining sessions. Because this is a legislative session year, the District communicated to the Association a desire to start bargaining once there was a clearer picture of school funding for the next biennium. It is the District’s hope to have the contract settled before the end of the school year.