It was a full house at the Clark County Fairgrounds as more than a thousand educators voted on a contract agreement with the Evergreen School District.
As teachers prepare for the first day of school on Wednesday, classes almost did not happen when they threatened to go on strike if an agreement wasn’t met.
Though, on Tuesday afternoon the Evergreen Education Association voted to pass its new three-year contract agreement.
According to the District, the 1,830 members of the union would get locally funded pay raises totaling 14.5 percent over a three-year period. The breakdown would be a 4.5 percent increase within the 2016-17 school year and five percent for the other two years.
Terry Lamp said he’s been a teacher for 24 years and says he hasn’t received a pay increase in seven years. “Because of an increase of healthcare, I’ve been making less every year.”
The District reports the agreement compares well with other district of similar size.
“Our children need services,” teacher Don LaPierre said. “There’s a lot of people that are hurting right now.”
To address student’s needs, the District reports they will add one “additional secondary level counselor” per year that are assigned to high poverty or high enrollment schools. It adds, to counter a statewide substitute teacher shortage and help recruit qualified sub, the District will increase the daily pay rate.
The complete contract will be available on the District website: www.evergreenps.org
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