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Snoqualmie Valley bargaining teams meet again to talk contract

strikeSNOQUALMIE —  In its latest offer to the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association, district officials have offered a 6 percent salary increase over three years, with 2 percent increases each year vs. the 4 percent it had previously offered.

The two issues that remain unsettled in the negotiation process are related to locally funded compensation and elementary class sizes.  Teachers get paid different amounts depending on their experience (years of service) and their education level.

In addition, some teachers take on additional responsibilities and receive stipends or hourly compensation for that extra work; those stipends are not reflected on the composite salary schedules linked below.

Both district and union proposals for elementary class size “triggers” are as follows:

    • Kindergarten: target 25 or fewer students (26 or more trigger additional compensation)
    • Grades 1-3: target 27 or fewer students (28 or more trigger additional compensation)
    • Grades 4-5: target 29 or fewer students (30 or more trigger additional compensation)
    • Split classes: target tied to the lower grade level would apply
    • Librarians, PE teachers, and music teachers will not teach more than one class at a time

Should classes exceed the class size triggers above on the count day each trimester, the following remedy is proposed:  $600 or one (1) day of planning per trimester (up to $1,800 per year).

Both teams plan to reconvene for another session on Friday at 4:30 pm to discuss this offer. On Tuesday, the SVEA members voted to authorize a strike for Monday if they do not have an agreement by Sunday at 3 p.m.

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