Grandview teachers strike accord with district

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School District and Grandview Education Association wrapped up contract negotiations after 3 a.m. this morning (Monday).

An agreement was made on a two-year contract for educators in the school district.

Class size at the secondary education level was the issue of most concern for both the administrators and union members. The union and district agreed to limit classrooms to an average of 30 students per class during a six-period day. No one class under this agreement shall exceed 32 students, according to Superintendent Kevin Chase.

He said on a seven-period day, classes are limited to 31 students. "We agreed to 168 students per day, averaging 28 students per class for a seven-period day," Chase stated.

He added that an agreement was also reached regarding evaluations. "A committee to develop a new long form evaluation will be devised. The new form will be piloted next year (2008-09 school year)," Chase noted.

He said of the negotiations, "We found a resolution through compromise."

The Grandview Education Association bargaining team will take the "settlement" to union members for a vote. "It will be up for school board approval at the next board meeting if it is ratified by the membership," said Chase.

The next Grandview School Board meeting is slated for Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.


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