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School resumes; SPA members vote in favor of new contract

10/28/19

Schools in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) will be back in session Tuesday, Oct. 29. 

The Sumner Paraeducators Association (SPA) members approved the proposed three-year contract Monday afternoon, ending the districtwide two-day school closure due to the strike. The Board of Directors will vote on the contract at the next board meeting on Nov. 13.

SBLSD administration is thrilled that school is back in session and back educating our community’s children with a shared mission of providing high-quality instruction for every student, every day, in every classroom. 

The SPA agreement includes an average increase in the salary schedule of approximately 12.5 percent in 2019-20, a 2 percent increase in 2020-21 and inflationary adjustments in 2021-22.


 

10/27/19

SBLSD and SPA reach tentative agreement; board meeting, school canceled

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) and the Sumner Paraeducators Association (SPA) reached a tentative agreement Sunday afternoon on a three-year contract. SPA members will vote on the agreement Monday.

The school board meeting planned for 7:30 p.m. today is now canceled. 

School is canceled for Monday, Oct. 28. Here’s information specific to Monday’s school closure: 

School events and activities

  • Most sports and after-school activities, including PTA events and building rentals, will not be canceled for Oct. 28. Some exceptions may apply. Please see individual school websites for school-specific details.  
  • Recreation Program activities and events will go on as planned for Oct. 28. 

Childcare

  • SBLSD childcare and preschool: Canceled.
  • Recreation Program Before and After School Activities: Available (6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) at two separate sites based on the school your child attends. An additional fee of $20 per day will be charged.  

Pierce County Skills Center transportation 

Students who attend classes at Pierce County Skills Center will attend classes as usual. The District will be using a modified Wednesday transportation plan.

  • Morning: Students will meet at their usual Wednesday morning pick up location 
  • After Skills Center Classes: Students will be provided with transportation home. Expect longer than normal bus rides. 

Gordon Family YMCA
The Gordon Family YMCA is offering pay-by-the-day camp the week of Oct. 28 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Camp is available for children ages 5 to 12. The cost per day is $50 for YMCA members and $60 for community members. Registration will be available online or in person.

Free meals
Free breakfast and lunch will be available for students who depend on healthy meals during the school week.

  • Daffodil Valley Elementary: Breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m. Lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Liberty Ridge Elementary: Breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch, 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

The District will continue to communicate with families through email and phone messages as updates become available.

 

SPA Bargaining Update: 10/26/19

With the help of a state mediator, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) and the Sumner Paraeducator Association (SPA) continued negotiations on Saturday, Oct. 26. At this time, no agreement has been reached. We continue to bargain into the evening.

While talks about the financial aspects of the contract continue, the District and SPA have agreed to multiple tentative agreements focusing on leave, benefits and grievance procedures. 

The District’s most recent proposal to SPA includes an average compensation increase of 10 percent. Of the 202 SPA members, approximately 80 percent will receive a double-digit raise. 

The District’s most recent proposal on Oct. 26, 2019 includes:

  • An historic raise for SPA members 
  • Increased compensation for new state-required paraeducator certification training and extra hours worked
  • Additional compensation for SPA members who have the following:
    • Bachelor’s or associate’s degree
    • Longevity 

We continue to bargain in good faith, honoring the collective bargaining process. With the continued help of a state mediator, the District and SPA will continue bargaining on Sunday, Oct. 27.

We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached.  However, if the District does not reach an agreement, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Board of Directors will consider filing for an injunction with the Pierce County Superior Court to end the strike/work stoppage.  

 


10/25/19

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and the Sumner Paraeducator Association continued negotiations through mediation today from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.  

We’re making progress and remain optimistic that we’ll reach a fair contract. Bargaining will resume Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m.  

We pledge to keep families informed on a daily basis about the status of negotiations and any potential changes to next week’s school schedule as soon as we can. Updates will also be posted at www.sumnersd.org/paras.

 


10/24/19

SBLSD schools will be closed Oct. 25 due to paraeducators strike

The Sumner Paraeducators Association announced that they will be on strike beginning tomorrow, Oct. 25. The Sumner Teachers Association voted to not cross the picket line. As such, all Sumner-Bonney Lake School District schools will be closed until further notice.

The District deeply values our paraeducators. We’ve been working hard and bargaining in good faith with para association representatives since June, with the desire to reach a fair resolution that’s within our financial means. Unfortunately, even with the assistance of a state mediator, we have not yet come to an agreement. The District is committed to bargaining until we have an agreement.

Here’s specific information for Friday, Oct. 25.

School events and activities

  • Most sports and after-school activities, including PTA events and building rentals, will not be canceled for Oct. 25. However, some exceptions may apply. For example, all middle school dances scheduled for Oct. 25 will be canceled. Please see individual school websites for school-specific details.  
  • Recreation Program activities and events will go on as planned for Oct. 25. 

Childcare

Free meals

Free breakfast and lunch will be available for students who depend on healthy meals during the school week.

  • Daffodil Valley Elementary: Breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m. Lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Liberty Ridge Elementary: Breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch, 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

The District will continue to communicate with families through email and phone messages as updates become available. Information will also be posted at www.sumnersd.org/paras.


Q&A

Q: If there is a strike, will high school students who attend Pierce County Skills Center still be expected to attend?
A: For only Oct. 25, there will be no transportation to the PCSC. If the strike lasts longer than one day, we will arrange transportation.

Q: If there is a strike, how long will students attend school?
A: School will start up again after agreement is reached. Regardless of when school starts back up, students will receive 180 days of quality education, so school closures caused by a strike are treated much like weather-related school closures. They must be made up. 

Q: If there is a strike, what impact will this have on graduation?
A: Our goal is to reach a speedy resolution to minimize the impact of rescheduling make-up days on the calendar. 

Q: If the strike is protracted, how will these days be made up?
A: As required by collective bargaining, those rescheduled dates would be part of the settlement. Typically, lost instructional days are made up by extending the school year into summer vacation, reducing winter and spring vacations, and scheduling teacher planning/training days (non-student days) outside of the instructional calendar.

Q: Are sports and after-school activities impacted? Will they be cancelled?
A: No, most sports and after-school activities, including PTA events and building rentals, will not be canceled for Oct. 25. However, some exceptions may apply. For example, all middle school dances scheduled for Oct. 25 will be canceled. 

Q: What about Recreation Program activities and events? Will they be canceled if schools are closed?
A: At this time, all Recreation Program activities and events will go on as planned for Oct. 25. 

Q: What if my child receives special services in an out-of-district placement or program?
A: Your child will still be transported to and from that placement and program. Services will continue as scheduled.

Q: If school is canceled, is District childcare and preschool also canceled?
A: Yes, if school is canceled all District childcare and preschool will be canceled. 

Q: Will there still be Recreation Program before- and after-school care?
A: Yes, a full day of before-and after-school program activities will be available (6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) at two separate sites based on which school the student attends.  An additional fee of $20 per day will be charged and has been communicated by the Rec Dept to families. Details about program.

Q: Will there still be breakfast and lunch served for those students who might depend on healthy meals during the school week?
A:
The District will offer free breakfast and lunch to all SBLSD students in need. Meals will be served at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools. Daffodil Valley Elementary: Breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m. Lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Liberty Ridge Elementary: Breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch, 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Q: For students who receive backpacks filled with food to take home for the weekend, will those still be available?
A: Yes. Students from some schools received backpacks on Oct. 24. For students who don’t yet have backpacks, the school will call families for information about pickup.