Olympia School Board approves 2020-2022 collective bargaining agreement, elects officers

An anonymous donation, construction completions were also on the agenda


The Olympia School Board of Directors met on Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. to approve the amended 2020-2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Olympia School District and the Olympia Education Association.

This is the legal contract between the district and the union representing the employees. This agreement is the result of an intense negotiation process in which hours, wages, and terms of employment are discussed. The Board granted final approval on Thursday.

The board elected directors Scott Clifthorne as board president and Maria Flores as vice president for 2021.

The Board also approved an anonymous donation of $1,000 for Pioneer Elementary School’s needy families, as donations of $1,000 or more need to be approved before being allocated.

Additionally, the Board offered their final acceptance of the camera upgrade installation for Ingersoll Stadium, which is located between Olympia High School and Pioneer. This was originally part of the 2016 voter-approved bond issue. Acceptance was the final step in the upgrade process.

The Board also offered their final acceptance on Pioneer Elementary School’s parking lot addition, which was part of the 2016 bond as well and has since been completed.

As the calendar year comes to a close, the board took a minute to recognize their Classified Employees of the Year for 2020. Among those were Nadine Owen, a paraeducator from Marshall Middle School, and Paul Flock, the district’s Child Nutrition Services Supervisor.

Various directors are appointed serve as liaisons with community groups and state agencies. The following directors will continue with their same appointments, including:

  • Leslie Huff, board representative to the Olympia School District Education Foundation.
  • Hilary Seidel, board representative to the Thurston Regional Planning Council.
  • Justin McKaughan, board representative to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
  • Maria Flores, legislative representative to the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). Flores will serve the second year of a two-year term as Legislative Representative.

The board is set to meet again on Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will focus on the pandemic education response, along with an update on the district’s racial equity work.


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