- Considering the addition of extra days to provide for more time to improve professional development and collaboration
- Addressing special education and ESA staff caseloads and workloads
- Two additional non-monetary issues to be identified by SVEA members
The SVEA/SVSD bargaining team is composed of district and association members representing a variety of schools and positions within the district. Team members, in alphabetical order, are: Lynn Bradwell (CKMS Teacher & SVEA Treasurer), Joe Baginski) MSHS Teacher), Ginger Callison (Associate Director of Secondary Education), Jeff Hogan (Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning, and Technology), Amy Jones, (FCES/TRES Instructional Coach & SVEA VP), Rob Manahan (Superintendent), Tony Manjarrez (CKMS Teacher), Michael Ruiz (WEA-Sammamish Council Staff), Dan Schlotfeldt (Executive Director of Teaching and Learning), Stephanie Shepherd (NBES Principal), Ryan Stokes (Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations), Nate Ziemkowski (SES Teacher & SVEA President). At times, the team may work with a facilitator from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) and be joined by observers from the school board or other SVSD unions.
The SVEA/SVSD bargaining team met on the evening of January 9 with a facilitator from PERC to refocus on the Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) process and identify their tasks for the upcoming months. The team worked to enhance their understanding of IBB, examine individual working styles, strengthen relationships, reaffirm group norms, and consider the timeline for bargaining. Work began on the topic of professional development and the following issue statement was drafted: How do we improve our current professional development and collaboration model and how do we allocate the necessary time to accomplish our goals? As the session ended, team members began the process of sharing educator and district interests related to this issue. Additional dates and times are being scheduled.
The SVEA/SVSD bargaining team is looking forward to the work ahead and are committed to approaching these tasks in a collaborative, positive manner in order to provide students and educators with an improved learning and working environment.