Battle Ground teachers reach tentative agreement

first_imgBattle Ground Public Schools and its union have reached a tentative agreement in their long-running salary negotiations.Marina Heinz, vice president for the Battle Ground Education Association, confirmed to The Columbian at about 5:50 p.m. that the parties had reached a deal.Heinz would give no details on the agreement, which came less than 24 hours after the union voted to continue striking in spite of a judge’s injunction Friday.The union is set to meet at 10 a.m. Sunday at Battle Ground High School. The meeting is closed to the public. School is slated to start Monday morning if the teachers ratify the contract.“We are pleased to reach a tentative agreement that will allow the district to recruit and retain quality teachers,” Superintendent Mark Ross said in a news release. “We are looking forward to starting the school year and coming together to focus on our mission of educating students.”Battle Ground Public Schools remains the last district in Southwest Washington whose teachers are on strike. The region was a flash point in tense union negotiations this summer, as districts have debated with their unions on salary increases in light of new state money for public schools.last_img read more