Classified union members on Friday ratified a contract with the Stanwood-Camano School District.

Members agreed to a 9 percent pay raise this year and a 3.5 percent raise next year, according to the school district.

“We are happy to have it completed,” said Maurene Stanton, the school district’s executive director of Human Resources. “We really value the work that our classified staff does.”

Public School Employees of Stanwood-Camano, which represents about 300 school district employees, had rejected its previous tentative agreement first reached Aug. 28. Bargaining resumed Sept. 21, and a new pact was reached shortly after.

The union represents a mix of school staff, including paraeducators, bus drivers and maintenance workers. It is separate from the Stanwood-Camano Education Association, which represents roughly 270 teachers in the district.

The first tentative agreement — like this new deal — was for the final two years of a three-year contract agreed to last year, according to the district. The previous pact would have given 5 percent raises this year and 7 percent raises next year, according to the district.

Neither local nor regional union officials responded to requests for comment from the Stanwood Camano News.

The ratification brings an end to a tense summer and fall of contract negotiations as school districts and unions across the state haggled over an influx of millions of dollars from the state as part of the so-called McCleary fix. Many unions, including Stanwood-Camano teachers, went on strike.

The conflicts also impact this year’s school schedule: Stanwood-Camano schools will now end on June 20. See the official school calendar at stanwood.wednet.edu.

   

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