Live: School board close to finalizing 3-year agreements with educators

Live updates from the Juneau School District board meeting.

6:55 p.m.

Now, it’s time for the JSAA agreement.

“While it is a smaller group — just over 20 employees — it is a critical group,” Weiss said. “Again, a collaborative process resulting in a three-year process.”

Smith said a “very good” contract is being presented.

“Bargaining with JSAA, again like with JESS, is what I would call conversational bargaining,” Smith said. “Again, a very collaborative process.”

6:45 p.m.

Darryl Smith, director of human resources, said more than 76 hours of negotiations went into the agreement with JEA about to receive final reading.

Superintendent Bridget Weiss said she was grateful for the effort.

“This is a major piece to the backbone to our working relationship with a very important group of our employees, so I appreciate all the efforts of JEA as well as our management team during this process,” Weiss said.

It passed unanimously.

6:35 p.m.

Capital improvement projects are also on tonight’s agenda.

The two highest priority items on the list are exterior entry site improvements at Marie Drake and a partial roof replacement at Sayéik: Gastineau Community School. The roof replacement is expected to cost $1.5 million and the site improvements are expected to cost $800,000.

On the capital improvement project list, it’s indicated that the roof replacement could be funded by a Department of Education and Early Development grant.

6:15 p.m.

The terms of the JSAA and JEA agreements are in tonight’s meeting packet.

The JSAA agreement calls for increases to salary of 1 percent in fiscal year 2020, .5 percent in fiscal year 2021, and .5 percent in fiscal year 2022. The agreement also provides an increase to the district paid portion of health insurance of $25 per month in fiscal year 2020, $20 in FY 21, and $20 in FY22.

The JEA agreement calls for increases to salary of 1 percent in fiscal year 2020, .5 percent in FY21, and .5 percent in FY22. The agreement also adds a teacher workday to the calendar beginning in FY21, and an additional student day in FY22.

6:10 p.m.

Before diving into contract talk, the state championship Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé girls soccer team is getting some time in the spotlight.

Coach Matt Dusenberry said watching the wins pile up was nice, but he was most impressed by the dedication displayed by the 38 members of the team.

“For the most part we had 38 girls at practice every day,” Dusenberry said. “The injury bug bit us a little. We had three different girls blow out their ACL, and they were at practice every day, and that’s gotta be tough”

Still, he said the injured were present to to watch their teammates practice and excel.

6 p.m.

Final readings for agreements with Juneau Education Association and Juneau School Administrative Association are on tonight’s Juneau School District Board of Education agenda.

The new agreements would begin July 1.

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