ASD Settles Third Employment Contract in Five Months
The Anchorage School District has settled the third employment contract in five months. These contracts account for over 1,775 ASD employees. ASD is a large and progressive public school district with many needs and challenges. As the state's largest public school district, ASD is an economic driver in the Municipality of Anchorage. Operating efficiently is a major goal of the District allowing resources to be dedicated for use in classrooms to support students. This is an ever-changing challenge considering major ASD cost drivers such as increased energy costs, fuel costs, and increasing health coverage costs.
In August, the School Board approved the three-year contract agreement with the Anchorage Principals' Association, with 134 members, which extends through June 30, 2020. On October 23, 2017, the Board approved a new three-year agreement with Public Employees Local 71, AFL-CIO, extending through June 30, 2020. Local 71 has 315 members serving in a variety of custodial positons.
A tentative agreement, pending School Board approval, has been reached with TOTEM Association of Education Support Personnel, Inc., and its 1,294 employees, extending until June 30, 2021.
"We want to thank the employees of ASD for working together to meet our obligations to our students and community during these difficult financial times," said Todd Hess, chief human resources officer. "We appreciate the dedication and the professionalism of all of our employees in helping us meet our students' needs," he said.