San Juan Island School District Board of Directors voted 3-0 - John Kurtz, Brent Snow, Jack McKenna (Ralph Hahn was absent) - to approve the new contract that the San Juan Island Education Association at a special board meeting September 5, 2017. The SJIEA ratified the contract on Labor Day after 36 hours of negotiation.
The contract included a 3 percent pay raise in addition to a 2.3 percent state-funded cost-of-living adjustment.
Snow said, This reduces the district's projected fund balance from 6 percent to 3.3 percent." According to Snow, most districts have a fund balance in the low teens. "This is exceptionally low," he said.
Snow said, "The cost of a strike now is more than a low fund balance in the future." The board members said future boards will have to figure out how to deal with the issue.
McKenna said according to the state the district should have about a $1 million fund balance which is two months of expenses. He said, "There is some reasonable expectations that the district will get more money from the state." He also noted an increase in enrollment would bring in more funds.
If more funding doesn't happen, the board would have to find cuts. Snow noted that 80 percent of the budget is for personnel.
Besides the increase in pay, the contract changes involve professional development and classroom budgets.
Classroom Development: The fourth TRI day shall be worked as 7.5 hours of training or study related to the implementation and integration of the District’s technology systems and program as determined by the individual employee with the approval of the building principal or the equivalent of 7.5 hours must be scheduled within the work year.
Filling New/Vacant Positions: The District shall not be required to advertise/post as a new or vacant position the increase in full-time equivalent (FTE) to an existing, filled position, provided the resulting position does not exceed 1.0 FTE.
Classroom Budgets: "Each grade level/department shall be allocated no less than $800 per year for supplies, and each individual/singleton teacher will be allocated no less than $400 for supplies. These funds shall remain accessible until May 1."
Special Education: A new formula for determining caseload for Special Education includes: Caseload limit targets for special education teaching staff shall be the following:
Group One: IEPs that include only academic goal areas, or academics coupled with OT/PT/SLP services delivered by/through an ESA: 1.0 FTE = 27 IEPs, prorated for partial FTE.
Group Two: IEPs that include one or more social/emotional/behavioral/adaptive goal areas: 1.0 FTE caseload = 13 IEPs, prorated for partial FTE.
A memorandum of understanding was also included:
Memorandum of Understanding Between the San Juan Island School District And the San Juan Education Association
Whereas the district wishes to purchase new technology for instructional purposes, and whereas educators’ input is desired by Association and District, the following is hereby agreed:
A technology advisory committee shall be created for the 2017-2018 school year. The committee will advise the Superintendent and/or the IT coordinator regarding educators’ technology needs and interests. Individual requests, curriculum, and budget data will be used in considering in selecting the best course of action.
Members of the committee will be (4) administrators and an elected Association member from each grade band K-3, 4-5, 7-8, and 9-12.
The Association will hold elections in a timely manner. The initial meeting of the committee will commence no later than October 31, 2017.
Meeting dates will be scheduled by the committee and will last no longer than 60 minutes. Employees will be paid at the curriculum rate for meeting outside the contracted day. Summer meetings, if any, will be paid at the curriculum rate and will not exceed 3 hours in total length.
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