Still no deal for South Kitsap Teachers

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 11:26 PM

 PORT ORCHARD, Wash.- The South Kitsap School Board passed several resolutions to give the superintendent more authority if there is a teacher strike, according to a district official. 


Superintendent Michelle Reid now has the power to take legal action to end a teacher strike. The board also passed seven other resolutions Wednesday night, which include giving the superintendent the authority to hire substitute teachers and suspend payments for teacher healthcare premiums.

Superintendent Reid pointed out that the resolutions are similar to measures taken by other districts when dealing with the possibility of a teacher strike.  South Kitsap Education Association President John Richardson has yet to review all of the resolutions, but questions there legality.

The main issue holding up contract negotiations is class size. The South Kitsap Education Association voted to go on strike Monday.

Negotiations are expected to resume Thursday morning. 

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