New contract for Lake Washington School District teachers

June 22, 2013

By Ari Cetron

New: June 22, 1:16 p.m.

The Lake Washington School Board signed off on a new contract with the district’s teacher’s union June 10. The four-year labor contract also sets the school schedule for the next five years.

Under the terms of the new contract, teachers will get back the 1.9 percent pay cut imposed in the 2010-2011 school year. District teachers had, in lieu of taking a pay cut, been working extra days without pay.

Teachers will now have an additional paid training day in August, bringing the total to five, plus three more during the school year.

Additionally, teachers will get a 2 percent raise this school year – their first raise since 2008 – and another 2 percent next year.

Under the new guidelines, in the 2013-2014 school year a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree will earn a base salary of $34,048 per year, plus a series of guaranteed supplements of $6,477 for a grand total of $40,525. Salaries will max out at teachers with 25 or more years of teaching experience and a masters degree plus 45 credits who will earn a base of $61,709, plus guaranteed supplements totaling $16,397 for a total of $78,106.

A teacher at any level with a doctoral degree also earns an additional annual stipend of $4,181.

Additionally teachers, regardless of how long they’ve been teaching, have access to up to $2,000 annually to reimburse them for professional development activities or classroom materials.

The school board took a moment to praise the agreement during their meeting.

“This is wonderful, wonderful news for us and for the district,” said Board President Jackie Pendergrass.

The teacher’s union, which ratified the contract with 96.8 percent approval, also praised the agreement.

“This contract shows the district’s respect for teachers as professionals and a commitment to collaboration,” said Kevin Teeley, president of the Lake Washington Education Association in a statement.

As part of the agreement, the district and teacher’s union agreed on a school calendar for the next five years. The calendar will be similar to the existing calendar.

In most years, school will start the day after Labor Day in September. Mid-winter break will remain in place, following the current pattern of two days off plus the Presidents’ Day long weekend. Spring break will remain one week, and early release will remain on Wednesdays.

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