Ridgefield School District reveals latest offer to striking teachers

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Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 6:15 PM PDT
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RIDGEFIELD Wash. (KPTV) – As negotiations between the Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Education Association (REA) continue, the district has revealed the offer provided to the REA.

The district says its financial offer includes the following:

  • Increased certificated staff base salaries by 6.5% in 2022-2023
  • Increased salary by at least 4.5% or IPD (whichever is higher) in 2023-2024
  • Increased salary by at least 3.0% or IPD (whichever is higher) 2024-2025
  • Increased TRI (Time, Responsibility, and Incentive) pay 2%
  • Compressed the salary schedule by 2 steps (teachers will max out on the salary scale two years sooner)
  • Salary schedule compressed laterally by 2 columns creating higher starting salary for beginning teachers
  • Increased extra-curricular stipends by 6.5%, 4.5%, and 3% over next 3 years
  • Increased extra-curricular assistants pay to 75%
  • Enhanced stipend for various positions (robotics, etc.)
  • Overload pay increased to $7, doubling to $14 at the 3rd student
Ridgefield S.D. provided the table below to show approximate salary increases (including TRI)...
Ridgefield S.D. provided the table below to show approximate salary increases (including TRI) for three different employee types, entry level, 10 years of service, and 20 years of service(Ridgefield School District)

Ridgefield teachers have been on strike since Sept. 9 while teachers continue negotiations over better special education and intervention programs and a salary increase.

Parties have agreed to work with mediators during bargaining sessions, the first of which happened Saturday.