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Teachers and support staff make the difference in your children's lives. Let us know what they're doing for your students so that we can celebrate them!

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Kenai Peninsula Education Association &
Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association

Representing educators and education support staff on the Kenai Peninsula

The Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) teams continue to meet and are confident in the process. We have several meetings scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Our final meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2021. In order for membership to have the opportunity to attend informational meetings and have time to review the contracts, we will vote to ratify in the fall of 2021.

--KPBSD, KPEA, KPESA bargaining teams

Alaska's Budget Crisis: the fight for our schools, our community, and our future

Budget Crisis Meeting

Date: March 4, 2021 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presenter: Cliff Groh (www.cliffgroh.org)

Moderators:

  • David Brighton - KPEA
  • Anne McCabe - KPESA
  • Aaron Poe - Great Alaska Schools
  • Emily Alsup - KPBS Parents for a Quality Education

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96768043390
Zoom Meeting ID: 967 6804 3390

Learn about the fiscal and economic issues facing Alaska.  Join our presenter Cliff Groh for a discussion led by Kenai Peninsula educators and parents about Alaska's budget crisis and the alternatives available. The state budget affects so many aspects of our lives: our schools, our roads, our public health and safety.  The decisions we make now will determine Alaskan children’s future.

The Interest Based Bargaining teams continue to meet and feel confident in the process. The teams have participated in financial training with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services.Topics discussed thus far include a variety of leave, initial salary placement, stipend positions, and custodial staffing. Subcommittees have been assigned to each topic for further input and research. Look for updates after our next full session on February 25, 2021.

--KPBSD, KPEA, KPESA bargaining teams

 

Shout out to Myla Liljemark!

Shout out to you for keeping my girlios interested, intrigued, informed, and inspired by your class! They may not be physically in class with you, but you make your presence known through your energy and passion for showing your students the big picture. I wish every student could benefit from your incredible approach to social studies and how we are all connected through time and culture.

- Julie

Thank You to Barbara DenBoer!

Thank you for keeping gratitude journals for your students!

- Anonymous

The school district, KPEA, and KPESA bargaining teams met, and are moving forward through an Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) process. As a team, we are working toward shared understanding, mutual trust, and a collective list of topics for consideration. In the coming weeks we look forward to meeting in smaller committees to refine those discussions for our next full session on February 4, 2021. IBB is closed to the public—watch for our next joint update after February 6, 2021.

--KPBSD, KPEA, KPESA bargaining teams

Thank you to Clayton Ellsworth!


Thank you for the amazing job you're doing educating the sixth graders in these tough times! I appreciate you!

- Anonymous

Shoutout to Krista Etzwiler


 I know that Krista works very hard to educate her students under very difficult circumstances these days. She also goes above and beyond for West Homer Elementary. She loves her students and is a highly dedicated teacher and educator.

- Bill

Krista won the 2019 Golden Apple Award.

Thanks to Susan Pfeiffenberger!

Submit your educator or support staff shoutout to us at kpea-kpesa.org/thanks!

Bargaining Update Graphic

Despite everything else that's going on, bargaining is coming up again this year. Your team has a couple of online Zoom events where we would like to hear from members what their priorities and concerns are this year. Check your email for links.

Please attend one of the sessions if you're at all able to. Even if you aren't, your voice is welcome and we want to hear from you. Please contact the bargaining team, and/or fill out the survey that was sent to you in your email. We are all willing to listen to your thoughts and concerns.

Take a look at our soon-to-be-posted Bargaining Notebook whenever you are wondering what is going on with the bargain - that's where we will post our official information and any updates that happen throughout the process.

KPEA and KPESA are strong, as we saw last year. We are weathering quite the storm now, and with your support, we will continue to do our very best.

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