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Evergreen, Battle Ground last two local districts with picket lines

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter
Published: September 6, 2018, 9:12pm

And then there were two.

With Washougal teachers unanimously approving a two-year contract Thursday, only Evergreen and Battle Ground school district teachers remain on the picket lines. With classes canceled Friday in both districts, students have been out of school for nearly two weeks.

Both districts remained in mediated bargaining Thursday after several days of lengthy bargaining sessions. Here are the latest proposals from each school district:

• Evergreen’s latest salary offer would start new teachers in the district at $51,288. After 16 years with a master’s degree and 90 continuing education credits, teachers would top out at $98,279. According to the district, teachers would see an average salary of $80,687.

• Battle Ground’s latest salary offer would start new teachers at $50,019, topping out after 16 years with a master’s degree and 90 continuing education credits at $94,629. According to the district, that puts teachers’ average salary at $74,315.

As of press time, representatives from both unions said they were still in negotiations awaiting new counterproposals from their respective districts.

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