Mukilteo teachers approve new contract

Teachers on Wednesday approved a tentative three-year contract with the Mukilteo School District that pays special attention to special education classrooms.

Large class sizes have been a widespread concern among public schools in recent years with state funding cuts. Mukilteo also has faced enrollment growth, adding additional pressures.

“Until our district can pass a bond to build more classroom space, and until our state lives up to its paramount duty to fully fund public education, we are hampered in our ability to bargain more stringent language around class size,” said Dana M. Wiebe, president of the Mukilteo Education Association, in a statement.

Instead, the union struck a deal that adds more paraeducator support in special education classrooms as well as time for those teachers to complete federally required paperwork, Wiebe said.

The contract also raises salaries.

The current contract expires Saturday. School is set to begin Wednesday.

The tentative agreement will be on the board agenda on Sept. 9, district spokesman Andy Muntz said. “We are happy with the three-year agreement and we greatly appreciate the hard work of the staff members from both sides who were involved in the negotiations.”

Mukilteo district leaders have restricted out-of-district enrollment at several schools due to capacity issues. The district also declined extra state funding for all-day kindergarten at some schools because of a lack of space.

Voters could see a construction bond proposal as early as February, when renewal of the district’s regular maintenance and operations levy is slated to appear on ballots.

More in Local News

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

Case unresolved: The noose at an Edmonds construction site

Though two were fired over comments about it, police were unable to determine who put it there.

To get drug money, Lynnwood man says he cut 911 wires

Those wires happened to be the ones used by 911 dispatchers, but emergency services weren’t affected.

February trial set for suspect in deadly Marysville shooting

There had been questions about Wayne Alpert’s mental health.

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Motorcyclist killed in crash had high level of THC

A motorcyclist had more than eight times the legal limit… Continue reading

Front Porch

EVENTS Teen Night at the Schack The next free Teen Night is… Continue reading

Police: Driver threatens pedestrian, ends up in drug bust

Meth, cocaine and heroin were found in his car, along with a loaded pistol and cash, police say.

Most Read