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Tentative Agreement with KEA Reached

We are happy to announce Kent Education Association (KEA) and Kent School District (KSD) reached a tentative agreement on a contract shortly before 3:00 a.m. this morning. KSD and KEA agreed to keep details of the tentative agreement confidential until KEA membership has ratified the contract. The contract will then go before the Kent School District Board of Directors for formal approval. 

Based on the tentative agreement, the Kent School District intends to start school on Thursday, September 8, 2022. 

We are thankful for both bargaining teams and their hard work to resolve the differences and come to an agreement. It was an incredible effort by both teams. The contract will be posted on the district website on our Labor Partners page after the process is completed. 

Kent School District cares deeply for our students, families, staff, and community. Now is the time to come together and continue our focus on students and our core values of equity, excellence, and community.

KSD is focused on rebuilding relationships and trust. We remain committed to a fresh start, centered on our mission to educate students. We restate our commitment to direct our collective energies to what we value most — serving our students and their success.

The entire KSD staff is eager to welcome students on the first day of school. We are dedicated to a positive and productive school year where together, we are successfully preparing all students for their futures. 

Updates for our families as we begin school on Thursday, September 8, 2022:

  • All kindergarten students will start school on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. 
  • Meals for students are available for pickup at various locations today.  
  • Nine (9) days of school will need to be rescheduled during the school year. A revised calendar will be sent when finalized. 
  • Kentwood, Kentlake, Kentridge, Kent-Meridian High Schools’ and iGrad’s graduation dates will remain on Saturday, June 17, 2023, as scheduled. The Outreach Program (TOP), Kent Virtual Academy (KVA), and Kent Laboratory Academy (KLA) may be rescheduled. 

Based on the tentative agreement, the Kent School District intends to start school on Thursday, September 8, 2022.