Collective Bargaining



    Sept. 26, 2018: SEA, IUOE

    At the Sept. 26 Special Board Meeting, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Board of Directors approved the contracts for Sumner Education Association (teachers) and International Union of Operating Engineers (transportation and child nutrition workers).

    Sept. 17, 2018 - IUOE: Child Nutrition and Transportation:

    On Sept. 17, the District’s transportation and nutrition workers (International Union of Operating Engineers) approved the proposed two-year work contract. The Board of Directors will vote on the contract at the Sept. 26 board meeting.

    Sept. 8, 2018 - IUOE: Child Nutrition and Transportation:

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the union representing the District’s transportation and child nutrition workers, reached a tentative agreement on a two-year work contract Sept. 8.  

    The District values IUOE’s members for their daily dedication to safely transporting students and providing them with nutritious meals – both key elements to academic success.

    Next steps are for IUOE’s membership to vote on the contract Sept. 17. The Board of Directors will vote at the next board meeting.

    Sept. 7, 2018 - Teacher contract negotiations:

    With a vote of 94 percent, Sumner Education Association membership approved the proposed two-year teaching contract with the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District on Sept. 4. This comes after the two parties reached a tentative agreement last weekend.  The Board of Directors will vote on the contract at the next board meeting.

    The agreement includes an overall increase in the salary schedule of approximately 13 percent in 2018-19 and inflationary adjustments in 2019-20.

    Sept. 1, 2018 - Sumner Education Association: 

    The Sumner Education Association (SEA) and Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) approved a tentative agreement on September 1.

    Reaching a tentative agreement means that the District will start school as scheduled on September 5, with kindergarten beginning September 10.

    The two bargaining teams worked diligently since March to come to this two-year SEA contract, which gives our hard-working and dedicated teachers the raise they deserve. Attracting and retaining caring, qualified educators in our schools will ensure the best support for our Sumner and Bonney Lake students.

    Next steps are for SEA’s general membership to vote on the contract September  4. The School Board will vote at the September 19 board meeting.

    Aug. 28, 2018 - Sumner Education Association:

    Sumner School District has continued to bargain in good faith with Sumner Education Association (SEA), which represents the district’s teachers. At the Aug. 27 SEA general membership meeting, members voted to authorize a strike for Sept. 5 if a tentative agreement on a contract can’t be reached by 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. Please know that teachers are currently not on strike. The next bargaining meeting between SSD and SEA is scheduled for Aug. 31. The district’s bargaining team have also made themselves available to meet during Labor Day weekend should negotiations continue.  

    The district is optimistic that we can give teachers a competitive and sustainable raise, which would allow us to get back to the heart of our work of educating students. We recognize there are questions and concerns about the possibility of a strike and what this means for staff, students and families. The District will continue to post updates on the status of negotiations, along with frequently asked questions, as quickly as information becomes available.

    Aug. 16, 2018 - IUOE: Child Nutrition and Transportation:

    After months of diligent bargaining, the Sumner School District and IUOE Child Nutrition and Transportation reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement in July 2018. The union put the agreement to a vote for ratification in which their membership did not ratify. The district continues to bargain in good faith with additional bargaining sessions scheduled for September and October.

    Aug. 14, 2018 - Sumner Education Association:

    The Sumner School District and the Sumner Education Association continued bargaining for a new contract late on Monday, Aug. 13.

    The District and the Sumner Education Association have not yet reached an agreement. The District remains optimistic and committed to working with the Association, through the bargaining process, to reach a mutual agreement that offers our teachers a fair, equitable and regionally-competitive contract.

    The District has been engaged in active negotiations with the Sumner Education Association since March 22 and feels the time together has been productive and effective.

    The Sumner School District will continue to bargain in good faith with the Sumner Education Association. The two groups are set to exchange proposals this week, with two more bargaining sessions scheduled the last week of August.

Funding Q&A

  • How much is Sumner School District’s total General Fund revenue?
    It is projected at $138 million.

    What is meant by "McCleary funding"? Is all of the funding school districts receive from the state McCleary funding?
    No. The McCleary court case was about the State's responsibility for funding the basic education program as defined in state statute. The basic education program includes a mixture of general apportionment (for general education purposes) and programs targeted to specific purposes such as running start, career and technical education, support for struggling students, and multi-lingual services.  The case did not apply to state funding outside the basic education definition such as grants provided through provisos in the state appropriations act. Local school district operations levies are also part of the discussion when the term McCleary funding is used because while the State was not fulfilling its obligation to fund basic education, local school district levies were picking up the shortfalls for the costs of the program.

    In response to the McCleary decision, the state legislature increased state funding for basic education and placed restrictions on both the amount of money school district's can collect in local levy revenue and the ways in which revenue from local sources may be used.

    How much will the Sumner School District receive for the basic education program related to the outcome of the McCleary case?

    The district is projecting to receive approximately $20 million more from the state under the group of allocation formulas that make up basic education than last year.  That’s offset by a projected approximately $5 million decrease in levy collections for a net projected increase to the district of approximately $15 million.

    Does the state require school districts to spend state basic education program money on specific things?  
    Yes and no, state funding to support the instructional program of basic education is distributed to school districts by OSPI through legislatively prescribed funding formulas. Most of the funding is provided through a model called the prototypical schools model. The model allocates funding in a variety of categories: Staff salaries, benefits, materials, supplies, and operating costs, and teacher substitutes. The law states that the distribution formula is for "allocation purposes only" and "does not constitute legislative intent that schools should be operated  or structured in a similar fashion as the prototypes" used in the funding model except as specifically required by statute. RCW 28A.150.260

    Most of the money allocated through the prototypical funding model is for the general education program, however the model also allocates funding for specific purposes and programs within the more broadly defined basic education program.  For example, the use of funding distributed for the special education, running start, highly capable, transitional bilingual, and learning assistance programs, or to enhance staffing levels for career and technical education programs, is restricted to only these programs.

    In addition, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, school districts have new requirements related specifically to teacher compensation.  For the 2018-19 school year the Sumner School District is required to pay:

    • No less than $46,516 base salary for a full time teacher,
    • No less than $50,216 base salary for a full time teacher with five years of experience, and
    • No more than $102,715 base salary for a full time teacher.

    The district may pay a teacher more than $102,715 under a supplemental contract for additional time or responsibilities. The specific dollar amounts for these requirements vary by district and will be adjusted each school year to respond to inflationary factors. 

    How will the district spend the money related to the McCleary decision?

    The district's 2018-19 budget includes spending increases for staff salaries, instructional materials and supplies, operating costs, and contracted services. The specific amount by spending category is subject to revision pending the outcome of bargaining.

    Where can I learn more about K-12 finance?
     A Citizens Guide to K-12 Finance provides a clear and simple overview of K-12 financial issues. It provides information on K-12 finance by answering frequently asked questions.

    Has the State Superintendent of Public Instruction issued formal guidance to school districts as they proceed in implementing the McCleary legislation?

    Yes, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal sent this memo to school districts.

    Did teachers in the Sumner School District vote to go on strike?
    No. On Aug. 13, members of the Sumner Education Association voted to authorize their executive board to call for a strike vote on Aug. 27, if necessary.