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Battle Ground district settles with classified employees

Three-year contract affects more than 570 employees; talks with teachers continue

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Metro Editor
Published: August 30, 2018, 10:31am

Administrators at Battle Ground Public Schools announced Thursday that the district had reached a settlement with the union representing more than 570 classified employees.

The new three-year contract includes salary increases of 6 percent for the current school year, 3 percent for the 2019-2020 school year and another 3 percent in 2020-21, according to a district announcement. The new agreement was approved Monday by the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors .

“I would like to compliment both sides in the bargaining process,” Superintendent Mark Ross said in the announcement. “It was a very collaborative process, with both sides working well together. I want to thank PSE for having an open discussion about the budget and considering the sustainability and stability of our budget with this three-year agreement.”

Classified employees include clerks, secretaries, paraeducators and other education support professionals.

The district remains in negotiations with teachers represented by the Battle Ground Education Association, which represents the district’s certificated instructional staff.

Columbian Metro Editor