Bargaining/Work Stoppage Information

  • Please see below for bargaining/work stoppage information, including class sizes, salary proposals from September 1 and August 20, and mental health support.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 SALARY PROPOSAL

  • On September 1, 2022, KSD proposed a two-year contract. The proposal includes a 6.3% salary increase the first year and a 4% increase in the second year.

     

    The proposal includes a $1,500 stipend in year one and a $1,000 stipend in year two, in addition to the base salary percent increase.

     

    Year

    Compensation Offer

    2022-23

    6.3% + $1,500 stipend per member

    2023-24

    4% + $1,000 stipend per member

     

    Additionally, the district’s proposals have included substantive offers in the following student-focused areas:

    1. Class size cap and caseload improvements.
    2. Substitute (guest) teacher pay, recruitment, and training.
    3. Additional paid days for counselors, nurses, and behavior interventionists.

     

    Cost projections for each year of the proposal are as follows:

     

     

    Proposed Year 1

    Proposed Year 2

    Cost of proposed schedule

    $182,560,350

    $189,862,671

    Estimated average salary

    $96,555

    $100,417

    Estimated increase in salary schedule cost

    $13,785,891

    $9,304,406

     

    Because salary costs are cumulative, the costs compound over time.  Here is the compounded, cumulative cost estimate:

     

         

    22-23

    23-24

    Total

    Total cumulative cost

    6.3%

    $13,785,891

     $14,337,327

     

    4.0%

     

    $9,304,406

     
         

     $13,785,891

     $23,641,732

     $37,427,623

               
       

    Two-year increase in salary:

    10.6% *

               
       

    Year One Stipend

     

    2,836,110

       

    Year Two Stipend

    1,890,740

             

    4,726,850

               
             

     $42,154,473

               

    *A 6.3% + 4.0% increase compounded over two years =10.6% increase on each cell of the guide

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In year one (2022-23) of the KSD proposed agreement, KEA salaries would be as follows:

     

    • Beginning salary (BA degree/Zero Years of Experience):                                     $64,849
    • Beginning salary (MA degree/Zero Years of Experience):                                    $77,220*
    • Mid-Career salary (MA degree/10 Years of Experience):                                     $94,241
    • Maximum salary (MA +90 /25 Years of Experience):                                            $124,647
    • Projected Average Teacher Salary (Based on Current Experience Levels):      $96,555


    *Currently about 75% of KEA members are at the MA degree/0 years of experience level or higher, for a 187-day contract.

     

    In year two (2023-24) of the KSD proposed agreement, KEA salaries would be as follows:

     

    • Beginning salary (BA degree/Zero Years of Experience):                                     $67,443
    • Beginning salary (MA degree/Zero Years of Experience):                                    $80,309*
    • Mid-Career salary (MA degree/10 Years of Experience):                                   $99,051
    • Maximum salary (MA +90 /25 Years of Experience):                                            $129,633
    • Projected Average Teacher Salary (Based on Current Experience Levels):      $100,417

     

    * Currently about 75% of KEA members are at the MA degree/0 years of experience level or higher, for a 187-day contract.

     

Class Sizes

  • Kent School District is hiring more teaching staff despite declining enrollment.


    Average class sizes are well below the limits in the current KEA contract

    This data includes only certificated teaching staff in a classroom. This excludes counselors, social workers, librarians, instructional coaches, district program specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, and speech language pathologists.

    • Grades K-3 Class Size
      • KEA Contract: 26 students or less
      • KSD Average: 18 students
    • Grades 4-6 Class Size
      • KEA Contract: 29 students or less
      • KSD Average: 21 students
    • Grades 7-8 Class Size
      • KEA Contract: 31 students or less
      • KSD Average: 23 students
    • Grades 9-12 Class Size
      • KEA Contract: 33 students or less
      • KSD Average: 25 students

Mental Health Services and Supports

  • Kent School District has substantially increased mental and social-emotional health supports for students.

    • KSD has committed an additional $2.5 million dollars in mental and social-emotional health for students for the 2022-23 school year by contracting with outside agencies.
    • The state does not provide school districts with specific funds to provide intensive mental health services to students because it is not part of basic education funding. Contracts for mental health services are funded from a variety of sources including grants, state categorical funds, ESSER funding, and/or local levy dollars.  
    • School counselors, social workers and nurses do an amazing job of supporting students’ social emotional needs, however they are not licensed to perform intensive mental health services.
    • In February 2022, KSD used ESSER funds to pilot teletherapy services in response to the mental health care shortage and the difficulty of filling mental health vacancies. 
    • Many families seek mental health services for their children independent of the school district. KSD recognizes the need for mental health services and has invested in community partnerships to provide these services to our students.
    • In-person mental health counseling services have been allocated to all secondary schools for the 2022-23 school year. 
    • All schools are able to refer families to Washington Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens (seattlechildrens.org). This service helps families navigate insurance and find support to meet their child’s treatment needs.  
    • Currently, the district employs approximately 16 more nurses than funded by the state.

August 20, 2022 Salary Proposal

  • On Saturday, August 20, 2022, KSD proposed a first year 6.3% salary increase. This includes the full 5.5% state COLA, plus an additional increase of 0.8%. The district is also offering every KEA member a $1,000 stipend in addition to the base salary percent increase. 

    • For 2022-23, KEA members on step one of the KEA salary schedule would earn $64,849.
    • Beginning members with a master’s degree would earn $77,220.
    • The final step of the salary schedule would be $124,647.   
    • In 2022-23 of the KSD proposal, 75% of KEA members will make $77,220 or more.

    Since the 2017-18 school year, KEA salaries have increased approximately 31%. 

    In bargaining on Saturday, August 20, 2022, the district made an offer for three years:

    Year

    Compensation Offer

    2022-23

    6.3% (inclusive of 5.5% COLA)
    +$1,000 Flat Stipend

    2023-24

    Full COLA Increase
    + $1,500 Flat Stipend

    2024-25

    Full COLA Increase

    KSD’s salary offer made on Saturday, August 20, matches the percentage increase and stipend package in the recent agreement with the Renton School District.

    Additionally, the district’s most recent proposal includes substantive offers in the following areas:

    1. Substitute (guest) teacher pay, recruitment, and training.
    2. Additional paid professional development days for counselors, nurses, and behavior interventionists.
    3. Special Education caseload supports.

    Cost projections for each year of the proposed deal are as follows:

            Proposed Yr 1 Proposed Yr 2 Proposed Yr 3
    Cost of Proposed Schedule/Scattergram  $     182,560,350  $   186,211,601  $     190,121,971
    average salary      $          96,554.97  $        98,486.10  $        100,554.27
    average daily rate      $               536.42  $             547.14  $               558.63
    Est. Increase in Salary Sched. Cost    $       11,268,507  $       3,802,778  $         4,072,651
    Est Increase in Supp. Fringe Cost    $         2,517,384  $          849,541  $            909,830
             $       13,785,891  $       4,652,318  $          4,982,481
                 
    Increase in Average salary    $                 5,722  $               1,931  $                 2,068

    Because salary costs are cumulative, the costs compound over time. Here is the compounded, cumulative cost estimate:

          22-23 23-24 24-25 Total
    Total Cumulative Cost 6.3%  $             13,785,891  $   14,061,609  $   14,356,902  
    2.0%    $     4,652,318  $      4,750,017  
        2.1%      $      4,982,481  
           $             13,785,891  $   18,713,927  $   24,089,400  $        56,589,218
              Compounded Cumulative Percentage 10.7%
        Yr 1 Teacher Stipend of $1,000  $           1,890,740      
        Yr 2 Teacher Stipend of $1,500    $   2,836,110    
                 $          62,450,512

    In year one (2022-23) of the KSD proposed agreement, KEA salaries would be as follows:

    • Beginning salary (BA degree/Zero Years of Experience): $64,849
    • Beginning salary (MA degree/Zero Years of Experience): $77,220*
    • Mid-Career salary (MA degree/10 Years of Experience): $95,241
    • Maximum salary (MA +90 /25 Years of Experience): $124,647
    • Projected Average Teacher Salary (Based on Current Experience Levels): $96,555

    *Currently, about 75% of KEA members are at the MA degree/0 years of experience level or higher, for a 187-day contract.

    In year two (2023-24) of the KSD proposed agreement, KEA salaries would be as follows:

    • Beginning salary (BA degree/Zero Years of Experience): $66,146
    • Beginning salary (MA degree/Zero Years of Experience): $78,764*
    • Mid-Career salary (MA degree/10 Years of Experience): $97,146
    • Maximum salary (MA +90 /25 Years of Experience): $127,140
    • Projected Average Teacher Salary (Based on Current Experience Levels): $98,486

    *Currently, about 75% of KEA members are at the MA degree/0 years of experience level or higher, for a 187-day contract.

    In year three (2024-25) of the KSD proposed agreement, KEA salaries would be as follows:

    • Beginning salary (BA degree/Zero Years of Experience): $67,535
    • Beginning salary (MA degree/Zero Years of Experience): $80,418*
    • Mid-Career salary (MA degree/10 Years of Experience): $99,186
    • Maximum salary (MA +90 /25 Years of Experience): $129,810
    • Projected Average Teacher Salary (Based on Current Experience Levels): $100,554

     *Currently, about 75% of KEA members are at the MA degree/0 years of experience level or higher, for a 187-day contract.

Last Modified on October 5, 2022