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Ridgefield School District, union reach tentative deal; schools to reopen Monday

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 18, 2022, 5:42pm

The Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Education Association announced they reached a tentative deal on a new contract just after 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Schools will reopen Monday.

The possible deal comes after months of negotiations led to a six-day teacher strike that closed schools between Sept. 9 and Sept. 16. Teachers have been without a contract since Sept. 1, which was the second day of the school year.

Union members will vote on the proposed contract at a general membership meeting Tuesday evening at Union Ridge Elementary School. Until the union votes on whether to approve the deal, neither side is able to share details on what was included in the contract, according to a district spokesperson.

Days missed due to the strike will be treated like weather-related closures and will be made up. The district said in a press release on Sunday evening that parents can expect an updated academic calendar to be sent out this week if the deal is approved.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to the many families, community members, union siblings and students who backed us,” states a press release from Elizabeth Stamp and Kara Breuer, Ridgefield Education Association co-presidents. “We should all be proud of what we accomplished and what we stood up for: student supports and respect for educators.”