September 13, 2021: the KPBSD Board of Education approved the FY22-24 Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association (KPESA) Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA).
September 2, 2021: KPEA and KPEA ratified and certified the Tentative Agreement (TA) reached with KPBSD for the FY22-24 school years.
May 21, 2021: “The Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) teams have successfully concluded their final meeting and are pleased to announce that we have reached consensus on the subjects brought forward during the bargaining process. We will spend the summer finalizing a tentative three year agreement so that members of all bargaining units can be fully informed early next school year. We will hold a ratification vote soon thereafter. Enjoy your summer!” – KPBSD, KPEA, KPESA bargaining teams
May 5, 2021: “The Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) teams continue to meet and are confident in the process. We have several meetings scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Our final meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2021. In order for membership to have the opportunity to attend informational meetings and have time to review the contracts, we will vote to ratify in the fall of 2021.” – KPBSD, KPEA, KPESA bargaining teams
February 11, 2021: “The Interest Based Bargaining teams continue to meet and feel confident in the process. The teams have participated in financial training with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services. Topics discussed thus far include a variety of leave, initial salary placement, stipend positions, and custodial staffing. Subcommittees have been assigned to each topic for further input and research. Look for updates after our next full session on February 25, 2021.” – KPBSD, KPEA, KPESA bargaining teams
January 25, 2021: “The school district, KPEA, and KPESA bargaining teams met, and are moving forward through an Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) process. As a team, we are working toward shared understanding, mutual trust, and a collective list of topics for consideration. In the coming weeks we look forward to meeting in smaller committees to refine those discussions for our next full session on February 4, 2021. IBB is closed to the public—watch for our next joint update after February 6, 2021.” – KPBSD, KPEA, KPESA bargaining teams
Public Involvement in School District Negotiations
Now Open: Public Comment Opportunity
Share your thoughts about issues to be addressed in the school district negotiations process. In December 2020, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) begins Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA), and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association (KPESA). The process includes issues and items for discussion such as compensation, employee benefits, health care, and work environment that one or both sides want to address for possible revision.
The public is invited to comment about issues that will be addressed through the bargaining process. Options:
- Comment online—simple online form | https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TT5JCGM
- Email comments (please include your full name) to Negotiations@KPBSD.org
- Download this ” Negotiations” comment form and mail, fax, or deliver in person to:
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
148 N. Binkley
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
Fax: 907.262.5867 or email: Negotiations@KPBSD.org
AS 23.40.235. Public Involvement in School District Negotiations
Before beginning bargaining, the school board of a city or borough school district or a regional educational attendance area shall provide opportunities for public comment on the issues to be addressed in the collective bargaining process. Initial proposals, last-best-offer proposals, tentative agreements before ratification, and final agreements reached by the parties are public documents and are subject to inspection and copying under AS 40.25.110 – 40.25.140.