Northshore Education Association (NSEA) Ratifies New Two (2) Year Agreement

Northshore Education Association (NSEA) Ratifies New Two (2) Year Agreement

Earlier today, the Northshore Education Association (NSEA) general membership ratified a 2-year Collective Bargaining Agreement for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school years. NSEA represents teachers and education support professionals. The School Board will take action on the new NSEA contract on March 11, 2024. The new contract, if approved by the School Board, will begin September 1, 2024. 

NSEA and District staff have been working together, engaged in negotiations, since December 2023. I want to personally express my gratitude for the hard work that the teams from NSEA and the District put into this bargaining effort. It was very challenging, but together reduction areas were identified to help address our projected $26 million shortfall for next year. Data gathered from educators, school leaders, staff, our students, and families informed final agreements between the District and NSEA. 

The September 1 NSEA contract is one component of our budget reduction efforts. We have also reduced central office, have tentative agreements with NEOPA (office managers, etc.) and NNRAP (directors, supervisors, etc.), and continue to negotiate with three other labor partners. When the NSEA agreement goes before the School Board on March 11, 2024, the meeting will be public and live-streamed. You can find the live stream on the School Board webpage

I also recognize that students, their families, and staff are anxiously waiting to hear about possible impacts to certain initiatives and programs. Details that can be shared will be part of the March 11 board budget study session.  

Finally, I want to acknowledge that these necessary budget reductions are extremely difficult. Last year, we made $20 million worth of reductions. As we develop the budget for the 2024-25 school year, the “easy” reduction options have already been exhausted, leaving us with tough and painful decisions.  As I have shared before, our School Board Directors, Northshore leadership, our students, and committed partners including the Northshore Council PTSA will continue to advocate for you - our staff - and our students. Ample funding of education is the state’s paramount duty and one they are failing to fulfill. 

You can learn more about the 2024-25 budget development process on the district website. Information includes critical basic education areas the state continues to underfund.

In partnership, 

Michael Tolley




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