Key provisions of agreement between Shoreline Schools and teachers

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shoreline District teachers, unlike Seattle, never called a strike. Instead, negotiations between the two bargaining teams reached a contract agreement before the scheduled first day of school.

At their September 14, 2015 meeting, the Shoreline Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved the tentative agreement between the District and Shoreline Education Association. The teachers had previously approved the agreement.

The three-year agreement will support the success of students and staff through increased:
  • staffing resources for students and families;
  • support for teachers and specialists; and
  • compensation to attract and retain high quality staff.
Key points of the agreement include:

Student and Family Support: A full-time Counselor will be added at each elementary school and Cascade K-8 and a minimum of two at each middle school. The District will ensure a Dean of Students is staffed at each high school. Staffing allocations for each high school will also include a .6 FTE Activity Coordinator and .4 FTE Athletic Director. The staffing additions will allow our schools to offer higher levels of service and support to their students and families.

Teaching Support: Instructional Coaches will be added at each school to support teachers’ instructional practice and effectiveness. Mentors will also be made available to assist new teachers transition into their roles as educators or for veteran staff who are seeking support working within the new evaluation system.

Competitive Compensation: Changes were made in the mid-point compensation model. Shoreline will base pay on the 8th of 17 Puget Sound school districts. The previous model based pay to be the 16th of 31 King and Snohomish County school districts. This shift will align the compensation model to compare Shoreline to school districts that are closer in proximity and cost of living. This adjustment equals a 4.2 percent increase for the 2015-16 school year. The state is also adding an additional three percent cost of living adjustment on 2015-16, and a 1.8 percent increase in 2016-17.  


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