Today the Associations have reached a final tentative agreement with the District. The District suggested we use the arbitrator’s recommendation as written which gave KPEA members $750 for last year and KPESA nothing. KPEA offered to split the $750 with support staff at which point the district agreed to giving all employees the cash bonus in exchange for moving a date up that will effect new hires. The $750 is off the schedule but is TRSable.
The other salary highlight includes 1.5% salary increase on the salary schedule for FY 17 and FY 18 and a 5% increase to extracurricular stipends.
There are several changes made to the health care plan. The parties agreed to include two health care plan options: the current “traditional” plan and a high deductible health care plan. Upon ratification, current employees may out of health care plan if they have outside insurance.
Also upon ratification, all new hires under 30 hours a week will not be covered under the District health care plan. For additional details on health care coverage go to: http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/Workarea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=36556
The Associations will be conducting area visits over the next month to answer questions prior to the ratification vote locations will be announced soon. Only KPEA and KPESA members are eligible to vote. If you are not sure if you are a member, please check with your KPEA president, David Brighton.