North Kitsap teachers union enters fifth day of negotiations with district

North Kitsap Education Association President Gayl TenEyck said the teachers union would be going back to the negotiating table on Friday following four days of talks with the school district for salary increases for teachers.

When asked whether the negotiations would affect the first day of school in North Kitsap, TenEyck remained tight-lipped.

“I’m not at liberty to speak on that issue. I think we’re all going in tomorrow in good faith and positiveness that we can reach an agreement,” she said. “We’re in good faith bargaining, and I just want to make sure that we keep it that way, that everybody’s positive, upbeat and ready for tomorrow.”

TenEyck said the teachers union was pulling for an increase to teacher salaries following the McCleary decision, which secured adequate funding for public education as the responsibility of the state.

“I think that we are all trying to work for the best of our members to give them an increase in salary,” she explained.

Sept. 5 is set to be the first day back to school for North Kitsap students in grades 1-12.

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