The Evergreen Education Association has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with Evergreen Public Schools Sunday evening, potentially ending a teachers strike that began Aug. 30.
The union will meet to vote on the new contract at 8 a.m. Monday at Evergreen High School. If approved by the majority of the union’s membership, schools will open on a two-hour delay.
“We are excited for the new school year to finally begin,” EPS Superintendent John Boyd said in a statement Sunday evening. “We know this work stoppage has been inconvenient and stressful for our families, and the best thing we can do now is come together as a district and give our students the education they deserve. We are determined to do so.”
The union’s key points of contention in the bargaining process, which began in March, have been extending a cost of living adjustment, reducing class sizes and getting additional support for special education.
“We are happy that have reached an agreement. Members are excited to get back to working with students,” said Kristie Peak, the union’s president. “We appreciate the support of a community who clearly values a quality education.”
The Columbian will share updates Monday morning regarding the results of the union’s vote.