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Negotiations continue between district and teachers

Media members converged at the South Kitsap School District office today after Superintendent Michelle Reid announced she would be making a statement.

At 5 p.m., representatives from the district and South Kitsap Education Association were still in negotiations behind closed doors.

In her blog, Reid said both bargaining teams working hard to reach common ground on the major sticking points of the contract: class size, split classrooms and compensation.

“The teams continue to get closer to reaching resolution,” she said. “Their hard work is so appreciated.”

Reid said that transportation and food services departments held professional development activities, while teachers returned to professional development activities and work in their classrooms to prepare for the coming year.

She added that several schools held open house activities this past week and all were “well attended.” Other schools will hold open houses next week.

“Given the hard work both bargaining teams are doing, and the progress they are making, I am hopeful we will be starting school as scheduled on Wednesday,” Reid added.

While bargaining continues, the SKEA website reported teachers have been exiting their school with their personal property.

Pictures were posted on the website of teachers from Discovery, Sunnyslope and Manchester with their personal belongs before leaving the schools.

Some photos were also posted on the Washington Education Association's Facebook page of SKEA members holding signs Wednesday on Mile Hill Drive.

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