Give Centerville teachers what they deserve

 

January 16, 2019

Many of you may have heard that teachers in the state of Washington have been negotiating with their local school boards and administration officials regarding their salaries. The reason school districts must negotiate this year is because the previous statewide salary schedule was eliminated, and in the 2018 Legislative session, the Washington state legislature allocated $2.1 billion in new funding to school districts statewide for certified and classified staff salary increases. This funding was based on the McCleary Decision, a state Supreme Court ruling to fully fund public education. Only a handful of districts in the state have yet to reach an agreement on a salary schedule for their teachers, and Centerville is one of those districts. This is despite the fact that negotiations between the teachers and the Centerville superintendent and school board have been taking place since June of 2018.

School districts receive funding from the state for a designated number of teaching staff based on the number of students enrolled in the district. Centerville School District is funded for 5.968 teachers based on 2018-19 student enrollment. Currently, the district employs five full time teachers, fewer than the number they are funded for. The Centerville teachers' proposals during negotiations have asked for funding for only five teachers on a new salary schedule. These proposals are reasonable and fall within the additional monies provided by the state for the teacher salary increase.

The teachers are only asking for what is fair. We are asking that our district negotiate with us and compensate us for the work we do with the children attending Centerville School.

If you would like to learn more about this topic and support local teachers, we'd like to invite you to attend our Centerville Education Association Community Budget Forum meeting. This will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Centerville School Gym from 5 to 7 p.m. The Centerville School budget and spending priorities will be discussed, and there will be time for a question and answer session.

The Centerville Education Association

Jody Daniels, Ann Cochran, Jeff Fields, Fern Johnson, and Lucy Rinehart

 

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