Teachers and other members of the Clover Park Education Association will receive raises, while students in the Lakewood-based Clover Park School District will get the equivalent of two more days of instruction, following approval of a new three-year contract between the district and the union.
The union represents more than 820 teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses and other district employees.
The contract will give union members a 1.5 percent raise this year, a 1.75 percent raise next year and a 1 percent raise in the third and final year of the contract, which will be the 2015-16 school year.
The raises are for work performed outside the classroom, including teacher training on new curriculum and similar efforts, said Lori McStay, the district’s director of human resources.
The new contract also firms up the school year calendar for this year and for the next three years.
One major change will be the start of the school year. Clover Park’s more than 12,000 students will return to class on the Wednesday before Labor Day in each of the next three school years, through 2016-17. The goal is to give them more instructional time prior to state testing in the spring. School started this year on the Tuesday after Labor Day.
The new agreement also reduces the number of early-release days for teacher training from 14 to 10. The elimination of four half-days translates to the equivalent of two full student days.
The training days are also scheduled earlier in the school year so that teachers can apply what they learned earlier in the year.
A copy of the current school year calendar is at cloverpark.k12.wa.us.
“Our families will be happy to know that there is more time for student instruction in the school calendar,” Superintendent Debbie LeBeau said in a news release.
Sam Fitzgerald, lead negotiator for the union, said the contract will benefit both members and students.
“CPEA members deserve recognition for communicating very clearly and constructively what they needed to help their students be successful,” he said in the news release.
Members ratified the new contract with a 97 percent approval rate.
District officials said that teacher training this year will focus on two important areas: making the transition to new Common Core standards in math and language arts that are being used nationwide, and implementing new teacher evaluation methods mandated by state law.Debbie Cafazzo: 253-597-8635