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Camas, Vancouver teachers have tentative deal

Teaches will vote this week. Camas would begin on time, while Vancouver kids would begin Wednesday

CLARK COUNTY — Kids at two Clark County school districts will be back in class on this week, after the union representing their teachers reached a tentative deal on a new contract.

Camas teachers had voted Aug. 27 to go on strike if a deal wasn’t reached in time for the scheduled start of school on Tuesday. Sunday afternoon the district announced that a tentative agreement had been reached with Camas Education Association, which represents the district’s 452 certificated teachers. No details of the deal will be released until after teachers vote on it Monday. If approved, school would start on time Sept. 4.

Vancouver Teachers have a new contract to vote on this week. Photo by Chris Brown
Vancouver Teachers have a new contract to vote on this week. Photo by Chris Brown

Sunday evening Vancouver Public Schools announced that it had reached a tentative deal with the Vancouver Education Association. Teachers in that district will vote on Tuesday whether or not to accept the deal. If they do, school would start on Wednesday, one week after the originally scheduled start date.

“Unlike other districts that only had to address teacher salaries, VEA and VPS had to negotiate an entire contract,” said VPS Superintendent Steve Webb in a statement released by the district. “I am grateful to the bargaining teams for working very hard together to come to an agreement. And, I especially want to thank our teachers and staff, parents and community members for their patience and understanding as we completed this difficult process.”

The district is also not releasing details of the deal until after Monday’s teacher vote. In a statement on its Facebook page the VEA confirmed that a tentative deal was in place, but likewise did not release details.

Due to the strike, the district is advising parents that the school calendar will need to be adjusted to make up for the days that were missed.

The remaining school districts have reportedly been meeting with state mediators this weekend, but few updates have been released on whether progress is being made. ClarkCountyToday.com will be sure to post updates as news comes in.

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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