Tricounty News

August 9 Update

EV-W Gymnasium Dedication:

I would like to invite community members and friends to a “Grand Opening” of the new gymnasium. It will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the home volleyball game v Paynesville. There will be a short dedication ceremony of the gym on behalf of Jay Johnson and Larry Peterson prior to the start of the varsity game at approx. 7 p.m. There will also be coffee, juice and cookies after the game. Wear your EV-W Eagles gear to the game and your admission will be FREE!

Transportation:

Our transportation department continues to work on arrival and departure times while establishing their routes for the 2013-14 school year. You should be receiving notification in the near future.

Be sure to contact the building principals (320) 453-2900, if you’re new to our district or have questions about enrolling in the EV-W school system.

Negotiations:

The administration of the EV-W School District and its teachers association, which represents
68 FTE’s (full-time equivalent positions) have been in contract negotiations for a couple of months now. It’s been a very productive affair discussing contract language, work conditions, and compensation. Throughout our negotiations, representatives have displayed mutual respect and shared goals that are focused on student achievement.

The new contract will cover the term from July 1 through June 30, 2015. The school district works with 12 groups, four of which are unionized bargain groups, and 8 are “meet and confer” groups, with no formal contract negotiations.

I’m convinced the district’s administration has an excellent working relationship with all groups because both sides work to maintain a positive environment and demonstrate a heightened level of commitment to students, school, and community. It all starts with a sense of balance and trust. The long-term goal for the district is about balancing the needs of our students and employees with the district’s need to efficiently manage our operations. Managing operations means fiscal responsibility and of course finding and keeping quality educators in our school district, which doesn’t happen without fair pay and benefits. Our teachers are on the forefront of education, and the success of our children and our school district is in their hands.

We’ve had multiple meetings throughout the summer and have plans to meet again on Aug. 20. Our teams don’t always agree, but the relationship cultivated over time ensures that we do so in a professional and collegial manner.