Kenai Peninsua Education Association

Contracts with teachers and support staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District were approved at Monday night's board of education meeting, though with one dissenting vote on each agreement.
    The vote got just a bit tense when five votes were needed to pass the teachers' contract, and two of the seven board members had to abstain from voting, as their partners were teachers.
    The teachers' contract passed 5 to 1 and the support staff contract 7 to 1. Both dissenting votes were made by board member Greg Madden of Soldotna.

        Everyone is back in school after negotiators avoided a strike by educators in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Kenai Peninsula Education Association President David Brighton said the two sides were finally able to overcome issues over health care costs.

“I think it was a very good compromise," he said. "This addresses the rising cost of health care that had employees so nervous and I think that this moves us forward in the right direction.”

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was issued notice Friday evening that employees plan to strike starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Bargaining teams for the district and associations representing teachers and support staff met Thursday afternoon in a continued effort to reach an agreement on a proposal to split health insurance costs. That sticking point is holding up a contract that has been under negotiation for more than a year and a half.

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UPDATE  Sept. 12: Negotiating teams for the district and unions met the evening of Sept. 12. The meeting was not announced in advance due to safety concerns. The session ended with the associations presenting the district with a counter offer. The district is expected to respond by the end of the day Sept. 13.


After another round of negotiations showed little movement, a potential strike by Kenai Peninsula teachers is a step closer.