At the March 7 meeting, the Rockwood Board of Education approved the negotiated agreement between the school district and the Rockwood National Education Association (RNEA). This new agreement will be in effect for three years from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022.
Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost noted that this year's negotiations with the RNEA were focused on the continued partnership, making the negotiation process both productive and respectful. "We believe in our teachers and in doing the very best for our students," he shared. "The relationships we build with our educators only serve to make our school district stronger and help all kids thrive."
The RNEA and Rockwood School District teams first met on Jan. 16, with follow-up meetings on Jan. 24, Jan. 28 and Jan. 30 to discuss salary and working conditions. The School Board reviewed the tentative agreement with ground rules during a public session on Feb. 21. A tentative agreement was presented to teachers for ratification in February.
Laura Baker, RNEA president, shared that Rockwood is a great place to learn because of the passionate and dedicated community and educators. "We all have the best interests of kids in mind and work to gether to help our students realize success," she said. "Our students certainly will benefit from continuous improvement of our educational services."
Dr. Katie Reboulet, assistant superintendent human resources, noted the negotiation process was a collaborative effort based upon a positive working relationship. She shared, "The RNEA and administration are unified in their commitment to help all students reach their potential."
Read the approved agreement on BoardDocs, Rockwood's online Board governance system.