The Ketchikan School Board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a tentative agreement between the district and the Ketchikan Education Association-represented Classified Education Support Professionals.
According to the agenda statement, negotiators met in February and March. The agreement covers three years, effective January of this year.
District Human Resources Director Rick Rafter said on Tuesday that the contract will cost about $160,000 more in salaries. The bargaining group already was covered by new health insurance benefits that had been negotiated last year for the teachers’ bargaining group.
Rafter says other changes were mainly language changes, although the paraprofessionals, cooks and custodians in the group will get one more personal day per year.
Also Wednesday, the board is scheduled to approve a job offer for Jason House to become the new Ketchikan High School Principal. House is an assistant principal in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and taught previously in Utqiagvik.
If he accepts the job offer, House will earn an annual salary of about $113,000, plus benefits.
In other matters, the board will discuss filling a board vacancy. Nobody has applied for the open board position, which has been advertised for the past two weeks.
The Ketchikan School Board meeting starts at 6 p.m. in borough assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.
This report has been updated to provide additional information.