WSD Moves to Attract and Retain the Highest Quality Teachers, Offers Large Salary Increase

The Washougal School District and Washougal Association of Educators continued to bargain for a new contract very late on Wednesday, August 8 and all day on August 9.  We have not yet reached a Tentative Agreement (TA), but the district remains optimistic and committed to working with the association, through the bargaining process, to reach an agreement that will offer our teachers a fair, equitable, and regionally competitive contract.

On Thursday, WAE requested updated financial information from the district.  The district communicated that the most current information about the budget would be available after the board meeting on Tuesday, August 14, and also provided additional budget documents on Friday, August 10.  The district has offered to review this information with association leadership.

The association requested to cancel the planned August 10 and August 11 sessions.  Both groups will meet again in bargaining on August 17.

Answers to Questions From Social MediaClass Size, Reserves, and Overall Salary

The district has offered an enhanced compensation package from the one offered in early July.  This package offers additional compensated professional development opportunities.

  • In the new offer, beginning teachers will have a total compensation, including professional development incentives, of over $50,000
  • Teachers at the top of the pay scale will have a total compensation, including professional development incentives, of more than $94,000

To help community members understand the offer, here is the proposed salary grid, as well as supporting powerpoint explaining the offer and associated model for compensation.

For more information about the collective bargaining process, including other updates posted previously by the school district, please visit our Bargaining Updates page.

 

2017-18 to 2018-19 overall compensation opportunity comparison for teaching staff in the WSD proposal, for teachers at the top of the pay scale:

Graphic showing Salary comparison from 2017-18 to 2018-19, with increase from $81,080 to $94,036 after adding in Base, TRI, PD Stipend, and PD hours

 

2017-18 to 2018-19 overall compensation opportunity comparison for teaching staff in the WSD proposal, for teachers at the top of the pay scale:

Graphic showing Salary comparison from 2017-18 to 2018-19, with increase from $43,815 to $50,478 after adding in Base, TRI, PD Stipend, and PD hours

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