After extended discussion and following a question and answer session on the terms, the members of the Reynolds Education Association (REA) voted overwhelmingly (98.2% yes) tonight to ratify the tentative agreement reached with the school district early Saturday morning.
The final step will be for the Reynolds school board to conduct its own ratification vote. If the school board votes to approve it, then the tentative agreement will be the new contract between REA and the district.
REA does not expect the agreement details to be made public until after the school board’s ratification vote.
REA President Joyce Rosenau: “After five days on strike, we are glad to be back in our schools. We are proud of our bargaining team and the support we had from the community including parents, students, local businesses, and fellow educators. Building a fair contract takes time. The district coming to the table to understand the variety of school issues that needed to be addressed, and staying at the table, was what made this deal happen. Hopefully the school board has learned that all parties need to listen and spend time to understand what our schools and students need.”