SMSD News: 2019-2020 Certified Contract Approved

At a special board meeting on March 12, the Shawnee Mission Board of Education approved the contract for the 2019-2020 school year that was ratified by National Education Association-Shawnee Mission (NEA-SM) members. Ratification took place between March 9-11, 2020. This will be the sole contract for all members of the bargaining unit for this year.

“The completion of successful mediation and the commitment to the use of a facilitator for future negotiations were productive steps to support our work together, as we strive to serve the students we are all dedicated to,” said Heather Ousley, president of the Shawnee Mission Board of Education.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the SMSD Board of Education and the NEA-SM was entered into reaching a mutual agreement on three issues. Click here to read the memorandum.

On March 5, 2020, with the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS), Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) and the National Education Association – Shawnee Mission (NEA-SM) sat down to mediate issues surrounding the contract for certified staff for the 2019-2020 school year. The outcome of the mediation session was the contract that was approved by the Board on March 12, along with the memorandum of understanding.

In order to ensure a collaborative and productive negotiations process moving forward, the parties agreed to participate in a facilitated bargaining process using a facilitator from FMCS to reach agreement on a professional negotiated agreement for the 2020-2021 school year.

Following the March 5 meeting, Linda Sieck, president of NEA-SM noted, “Today’s process is an important step forward in the district and the association working together on behalf of our students, our staff, and our community.”

SMSD superintendent Michael Fulton shared he is pleased with the outcome of mediation. “This represents the first steps in a process of healing that will allow us to work together for the benefit of our hard-working teachers and the students we serve,” he said.