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Battle Ground teachers union ratifies contract

By , Columbian staff writer

BATTLE GROUND — The Battle Ground Education Association ratified a tentative agreement on a new contract with Battle Ground Public Schools on Tuesday evening, ending a monthslong bargaining process.

The union — which represents 800 educators, counselors and other staff in Battle Ground — overwhelmingly approved the deal, with 93 percent of members voting to ratify.

Union members voted against a strike Aug. 29, the day before the first day of school, in favor of continuing to work on the previous contract while bargaining continued. Like Evergreen and Camas — two neighboring districts where teachers unions did ultimately go on strike — Battle Ground had sought increased support for special education, maintenance of smaller class sizes and cost of living increases.

Full details of the contract are expected to be available once approved by the school’s board of directors at its meeting Oct. 9.

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