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VAESP leaders walk out of state-mediated bargaining after VPS proposes a total base salary increase of 15.5 percent over four years - 12/12/18

Key points:

  • In VPS’ current financial proposal, VAESP members could receive a total base salary increase of 8.5 percent from 2017-18 to 2018-19.
  • Over four years, VAESP members would receive a total base salary increase of 15.5 percent.
  • On average, VAESP members would be ranked first or second in hourly compensation for similar positions across Clark County school districts.
  • VAESP hourly salaries at the top of the salary schedule would improve as follows:
    • Secretaries – from $25.32 in 2017-18 to $29.17 in 2021-22
    • Clerks – from $23.16 in 2017-18 to $26.66 in 2021-22
    • General education paraeducators – from $20.11 in 2017-18 to $23.20 in 2021-22
    • Special education paraeducators – from $20.71 in 2017-18 to $23.89 in 2021-22
  • VPS would face a shortfall of nearly $14 million over the next three years to pay for the current proposal and the recent settlement with the Vancouver Education Association (teachers’ union). The shortfall would be addressed through budget cutting and spending from the district’s ending fund balance.
  • VPS also must negotiate a new contract with the Service Employees International Union next year.

This evening, after negotiating for approximately 8.5 consecutive hours, Vancouver Public Schools presented a new financial proposal to the Vancouver Association of Educational Support Professionals. After receiving the proposal, and without presenting a counter proposal, VAESP leaders walked out of state-mediated bargaining at 6:30 p.m. Both parties and the mediator previously had agreed to negotiate into the late evening.

VPS and VAESP continue to bargain with the support of a state mediator to resolve the primary issues on the table, which are classified staff salaries and workload relief. Negotiations are scheduled to resume on Dec. 21 when the mediator is available to return to Vancouver.

Today’s proposal to VAESP would cost the district, on average, nearly $3 million each of the next four years for a total of $12 million.

Visit the district website (vansd.org/vaesp-contract-negotiations/) for additional information and regular updates.

Vancouver Public Schools highlighted as a top 25 district for innovation in nation - 12/03/18

VPS’ Vancouver iTech Preparatory is one of 25 schools chosen nationwide for innovative best practices

Vancouver Public Schools is one of 25 school districts included in a national study of K-12 systems that put students first by expanding and supporting student learning and achievement. The study, which began in 2017, was conducted by the American Association of School Administrators, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the Successful Practices Network.

Vancouver iTech Preparatory, an early college school for students in grades six through 12, was spotlighted because of its ability to “demonstrate rapid improvement in student learning and preparedness through innovative organizational and instructional practices.” The study included on-site visits, detailed data analysis and development of a case study.

Vancouver’s case study describes how the district planned a high-quality science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, school that values and honors the emotional learning needs of its students. One of the key components of iTech’s success is creating a nurturing environment where students are encouraged to be creative thinkers and problem solvers without fear of failure. A lottery admission process, unique grading system, one-to-one technology and project-based learning build on the innovative layers of the program.

“We’re preparing students for tomorrow’s world by teaching them to be critical and creative thinkers,” said Christina Iremonger, founding principal of iTech and current chief digital officer for Vancouver Public Schools. “Teaching the whole child requires educators to acknowledge all of the needs, emotions and talents of every student. In doing so, we help young people grow into productive, responsible citizens with successful careers and the ability to form strong interpersonal relationships.”

When the authors began releasing case studies, VPS and iTech were the only district and school on the West Coast featured in the resulting series of case studies.

VPS 2018 graduation rate to hit 85 percent - 11/29/18

The final estimate for the 2018 on-time graduation rate in VPS is 85 percent, up from 82 percent in 2017.  The five-year trend has shown an increase of 11 points from 74 percent in 2014. The district’s on-time graduation rate in 2010 was 64 percent. Graduation rates in nearly every student demographic group have risen significantly over the past five years. The official graduation rate will be finalized by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in February 2019.

Student group

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

District total

74%

80%

80%

82%

85%

American Indian

42%

60%

78%

55%

85%

Asian

87%

91%

88%

85%

84%

Black

67%

83%

69%

82%

71%

Hispanic

57%

69%

76%

76%

80%

Pacific Islander

48%

60%

59%

39%

79%

Two or more races

63%

73%

84%

83%

85%

White

79%

84%

82%

85%

87%

Free and reduced-price lunch

61%

72%

70%

73%

79%

English language learner

47%

51%

55%

55%

64%

“This 85 percent on-time graduation rate reflects the hard work occurring at every grade level and in every school,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “It’s a testament that all students can be successful with the right kinds of opportunities and support so generously provided by our employees, families and our Vancouver community.”

The gain in graduation rates is the direct outcome of a decade of dedicated work in several priority areas in the district’s strategic plan:

  • High-quality, standards-based curriculum, instruction and assessment practices
  • Early learning programs and collaboration with early learning providers
  • Upgraded facilities and new technology tools to allow students anytime, anyplace learning
  • Programs of choice providing students with options that allow them to develop their abilities, talents and interests
  • Family engagement and Family-Community Resource Centers that build assets and remove barriers to learning
  • Safe and supportive schools creating cultures of respect and trust

“By improving outcomes for children in school and helping more students cross the 12th grade finish line, we can prepare them for future success in life. The entire learning community of Vancouver Public Schools should proud of this work,” said Webb.