Topic: Snoqualmie Valley School DIstrict
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September 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM
UPDATE, 9:53 | Negotiators from the Snoqualmie Valley School District and it’s teachers’ union broke from talks around 9:15 tonight without reaching an agreement. The two sides will return to the bargaining table Saturday.
ORIGINAL POST | The teachers union in the Snoqualmie Valley School District says teachers there were going to pack up their classrooms today so they’ll be ready to strike if representatives can’t reach an agreement with the school district on a new contract.
The teachers previously voted to go on strike on Monday if no contract agreement is reached by 3 p.m. on Sunday. The union says the big issue is class size, saying teachers want limits on the number of students per class, not just extra money for teachers assigned large classes.
On its website, the district says it has set boundaries for class sizes in elementary schools, although the limits are listed as “targets,” with compensation for teachers if the number of students exceed those targets.
The district also said it is offering the raises that the union requested: 2 percent for the 2013-14 school year, 2 percent in 2014-15 and another 2 percent in 2015-16.
The two negotiating teams were scheduled to meet this afternoon, and the talks are expected to continue throughout the weekend, the union said.
September 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM
UPDATE: 10 p.m. | Snoqualmie Valley teachers voted tonight to start school tomorrow under the terms of the old contract and continue talks this week to hammer out a a new contract, district spokeswoman Carolyn Malcolm said.
Another discussion is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, in which the teachers union will consider a new proposal by the district on compensation and class sizes, the two most hotly contested issues, Malcolm said.
The offer includes a 1 percent salary increase in the first year, another 1 percent increase in the second year and a 2 percent increase in the third year, Malcolm said. The district’s proposal also limits elementary class sizes, she said, and includes additional compensation for teachers whose classes exceed maximum size limits, which vary by grade.
UPDATE: 7:25 p.m. | Bad news, Snoqualmie Valley students: There’s school tomorrow.
The district and its teachers union have agreed to extend negotiations over a new contract until next weekend to allow school to start Wednesday as scheduled, according to a district spokeswoman.
ORIGINAL POST: Seattle teachers aren’t the only ones without a contract in place for the upcoming school year.
The Washington Education Association reports that educators in Snoqualmie Valley School District also have not reached an agreement with their school district, and are scheduled to meet this afternoon to discuss what to do. As in Seattle, options include a strike, or working without a contract while negotiations continue.
The unresolved issues include class size and pay increases.
June 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM
A substitute teacher for the Snoqualmie Valley School District was arrested on Friday for investigation of possessing child pornography, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation into the 64-year-old North Bend man began in May when authorities were alerted to a link on the man’s Facebook page that led to child pornography or information about child pornography.
Investigators obtained a search warrant and seized the man’s computers, which allegedly contained numerous photographs and videos of sexually explicit images of children, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. West said in a news statement released on Tuesday that investigators found the images “disturbing.” West said it appeared that the images were downloaded from the Internet and not taken by the man himself.
The investigation will be forwarded to prosecutors, who will determine whether charges will be filed, West said. The Times is not naming the man because he has not been charged.
According to school district spokeswoman Carolyn Malcolm, the man has not worked for the district since deputies notified school authorities of the investigation.
The man, who is no longer in custody, does not appear to have prior criminal convictions, West said.
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