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Joint Statements Regarding 2019-20 Negotiations between Wichita Public Schools and United Teachers of Wichita

Joint Statements Regarding 2019-20 Negotiations between Wichita Public Schools and United Teachers of Wichita

Issued May 15, 2019

The Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) team convened for the fourth meeting of this year’s negotiation session. The IBB team comprises representatives from both the United Teachers of Wichita (UTW) and representatives for the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education. (BOE)

Our fourth session’s agenda included discussing Standards Referenced Grading, Peer Consultant Contract Language and a draft of a Certified Attendance Matrix.

Below is a summary of the discussion:
Standards-Referenced Grading (SRG):
Our team began our meeting discussing standards referenced grading. The team discussed answers provided to previous questions by our Learning Services department related to SRG and the feedback process.

Peer Consultant Contract Language:
Contract language of Peer Consultants was discussed and tabled. The discussion will resume at our next meeting after further information is obtained.

Certified Attendance Matrix:
A draft of a certified attendance matrix was reviewed and dialogue was had around the matrix. Input was given by the team and questions will be addressed to our Human Resource Department related to topics raised by the team. The matrix is modeled after the current classified attendance matrix.

Our next IBB session will be held on June 5th at 1:30 at AMAC. We will discuss the follow-up information related to Peer Consultant Contract Language, the Certified Attendance Matrix and the team will receive a report from Susan Willis, Chief Financial Officer, related to the budget process.

The IBB team would like to thank you for all the hard work you do each day to create academic and social success for our students. We appreciate your positive efforts to empower our students to Dream, Believe and Achieve! 


Issued May 1, 2019

The Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) team convened for the third meeting of this year’s negotiation session. The IBB team comprises representatives from both the United Teachers of Wichita (UTW) and representatives for the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education (BOE).
Our third session’s agenda included discussing Standards Referenced Grading, the Number of In-Service Days and Peer Consultant Contract Language.

Below is a summary of the discussion:

Standards-Referenced Grading (SRG):
The team began the meeting discussing the SRG presentation given by Dr. Andi Giesen at the previous meeting. Additional concerns were discussed regarding implementation and communication. Information will be shared with district leadership and will be revisited at a following IBB meeting.

District and Building In-Services:
The IBB team also discussed the number of in-service days and their effectiveness. Ideas for increasing the effectiveness were shared, including the importance of having professional collaboration at all levels. The team agreed that in-service next year should include instruction and application time to learn how to implement topics related to instruction and curricula. The IBB Team will also review professional learning survey questions to ensure more comprehensive feedback is provided for professional learning at the building level and district level.

As part of the IBB process, all communications regarding negotiations will be sent as a joint message from this team.

Our next IBB session will be held on May 15th at 8:00 a.m. at AMAC in room 503. We will discuss the follow-up information related to SRG, Peer Consultant contract language and a dialogue around certified attendance matrix.

The IBB team would like to thank you for all the hard work you do each day to create academic and social success for our students. We appreciate your positive efforts to empower our students to Dream, Believe and Achieve!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week next week!


Issued April 18, 2019

The Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) team convened for the second meeting of this year’s negotiation session yesterday, April 17th at 5:00 p.m. The IBB team comprises representatives from both the United Teachers of Wichita (UTW) and representatives for the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education (BOE).

Our second session’s agenda included discussing Standards Referenced Grading, the Number of In-Service Days and Peer Consultant Contract Language.

Below is a summary of the discussions and presentation:

Standards-Referenced Grading (SRG)
Dr. Andi Giesen presented an overview of standards-referenced grading to the IBB team.
More information regarding SRG can be found at www.bit.ly/259SRG
All members of the IBB team agreed that standards-referenced grading is a positive initiative and the way of the future for our district. Concern regarding implementation was expressed and the team discussed the importance of ensuring communication is clear at all levels regarding implementation and the decision-making process.

As part of our IBB process, all communications regarding negotiations will be sent as a joint message from this team.

Our next IBB session will be held on May 1st at 8:00 a.m. at AMAC. We will discuss the Number of In-Service Days and Peer Consultant Contract Language.

The IBB team would like to thank you for all the hard work you do each day to create academic and social success for our students. We appreciate your positive efforts to empower our students to Dream, Believe and Achieve!


Issued April 3, 2019

The Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) team convened for the first meeting of this year’s negotiation session. The IBB team comprises representatives from both the United Teachers of Wichita (UTW) and representatives for the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education. (BOE)
Our first session’s agenda included reviewing the IBB process, creating a list of issues and interests, and determining the order to begin addressing issues and interests. Below is a summary of the issues presented:

  • Peer Consultants
  • Pre-Kindergarten Work Load
  • Certified Attendance Matrix
  • Overload Pay
  • Severance Pay
  • Plan Time Increase - Elementary
  • Supplemental Contracts
  • Compensation
  • Pupil Control
  • Increased Support for Special Education
  • Standards Referenced Grading Rollout
  • Number of In-Service Days
  • Paid Time Off

As part of the IBB process, all communications regarding negotiations will be sent as a joint message from this team.

The next IBB session will be held on April 17th, 5:00 p.m. at AMAC. We will discuss Standards Referenced Grading, the Number of In-Service Days and Peer Consultant Contract Language.

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