Thursday, April 18, 2024
  Local News     Videos     Sports  
Blaine County School District Reaches Agreement with Teachers
Alturas Elementary School boasts a mural students and teachers work on with renowned muralist John Zender Estrada, a Los Angeles artist who has painted numerous other murals around the Wood River Valley.
Click to Listen
Saturday, May 13, 2023


The Blaine County School District Board of Trustees and the Blaine County Education Association released the following joint statement Friday afternoon regarding their new master agreement:

“We are pleased to announce that the Blaine County Education Association and the BCSD Board of Trustees have jointly ratified a new master agreement for the 2023-24 school year. This agreement is the result of a two-and-a-half-day process that employed a consensus framework expertly facilitated by Diane Groves.

The model emphasizes careful listening, thoughtful discussion and the pursuit of the best possible outcome for the district, our staff, our students, and the community at large. 

We considered several critical issues facing BCSD and its staff, including financial constraints, the recently completed classification and compensation study from the 2021-22 school year, and workplace improvements.

We worked carefully on a solution to the longstanding practice of the district paying 6.6 percent of the employee’s contribution to the Idaho Public Employee Retirement System (PERSI). This is not sustainable and has been in place since 1985. The solution includes employees now paying 100 percent of their contribution to PERSI. To accomplish this, the district’s expenditure was added as income to the employees. This change represents a neutral impact to the district and a significant gain for employees upon retirement.

The constant negotiation process by which issues related to the Master Agreement can be discussed and explored throughout the year, rather than compressed into a few days of discussion near the end of the school year, was highly successful during the 2022-23 school year and will continue into next year.

The 2023-24 school year, like any year, will bring with it a host of challenges, some of which are predictable and others yet unknown. We are better prepared today to face those challenges because of our work together as one district on behalf of each child entrusted to our care.”


~  Today's Topics ~

Secrets of the Octopus Mesmerized Sun Valley Crowd
Sylvia Earle to Keynote Sun Valley Forum
Blood Drive Honors Former High Ground Volunteer

The only online daily news media service in the Wood River Valley. We are the community leader, publishing 7 days a week. Our publication features current news articles, local sports and engaging video content in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Karen Bossick / Michael Hobbs

Leisa Hollister
Chief Marketing Officer

P.O. Box 1453, Ketchum, ID 83340

© Copyright 2022 Eye on Sun Valley