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Board Approves New Teacher Contract

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Board Approves New Teacher Contract
Posted on 09/24/2019
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The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to approve a new three-year agreement with the Portland Education Association (PEA).

Highlights of the contract include a 1 percent salary increase in the first year and a 2.5 percent increase in both the second and third year of the new agreement, and multiple non-economic provisions that both parties worked to develop in an effort to make for more collaborative, effective and efficient operation of the city’s public schools. Both parties believe the new contract will provide stability and continuity so the district can focus on achieving the goals of the Portland Promise, the district’s strategic plan.

Both Board and PEA announced this summer that they had reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement. After members of the PEA returned to school, they voted to approve the new contract, which covers the period running from Aug. 26, 2019 to Aug. 25, 2022.

“Our People goal in our Portland Promise commits us to working to attract, support and retain talented and diverse staff, and this collective bargaining agreement will help us do that,” said Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana. “It keeps our teacher pay regionally competitive, allowing us to continue to attract the best and the brightest. At the same time, this agreement provides predictable costs for the next three years and contains language to ensure our schools can continue to operate smoothly and effectively.”

School board Chair Roberto Rodriguez said, “This Board values and supports our teachers. We are happy we were able to find much common ground with the Association and we firmly believe this agreement will lead to better educational outcomes for Portland students and help us to further the “People” goal in the Portland Promise.”

PEA President Caroline Foster said, “Educators in the Portland Education Association approved this three-year contract with 97.5 percent of the vote, reflecting the hard work of a negotiations team led by former president Sue Olafsen and current vice president Beth Arsenault. We can thank this team – which also included teachers Kevin Brewster, Brian Dodge, Kerrie Dowdy, Lisa Hatch, Alison Hinkley, and Jen Jackson, as well as committed district and Board members – for creating a contract that provides a fair and stable environment from which our educators can work to fulfill our Portland Promise. The PEA looks forward to continued collaboration along these lines.”

The district’s negotiating team consisted of Board Chair Rodriguez and Board members Laurie Davis and Emily Figdor, along with former Assistant Superintendent Jeanne Crocker,  Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Melea Nalli, Human Resources Executive Director Barbara Stoddard and Longfellow Principal Terry Young.

View the contract HERE.