Contract between district, KEA on Monday’s agenda

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Negotiations between the Knoxville Education Association (teachers’ union) and representatives of the school board have taken place over Zoom since each side presented their initial proposals on a new contract. An agreement has apparently been reached, and a two-year contract will be on the board’s agenda Monday night, April 13.

“The team did an excellent job of discussing possible improvements and worked very collaboratively to provide a strong settlement for all of our teachers covered under the master contract,” Superintendent Cassi Pearson wrote in her report to the board. “I’m pleased to present the tentative agreement to the board along with the new master contract and list of teaching assignments and salaries. We will issue these contracts electronically immediately following the board’s approval.”

The agreement, good through 2022, calls for a 2.5 percent increase to the base salary for each of the next two years. Following Monday’s board meeting, which will be held via Zoom, an exempt session will be held to discuss classified wages, as well as director/administrator contracts. A proposal for these employees will be presented at the April 27 meeting.

The district’s proposed certified budget will also be on the agenda. The annual audit report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019, will also be reviewed.

If you would like to participate in the Public Hearing or Public Comment, please email the Board Secretary at by 2:00 PM on Monday, April 13, 2020. The full agenda can be found here.