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News Release
VAESP members approve four-year contract - 11/09/21

Members of the Vancouver Association of Educational Support Professionals voted to approve a new four-year contract with Vancouver Public Schools. A tentative agreement between VAESP and the district was reached Nov. 3. On Monday, Nov. 8, approximately 300 of VAESP’s 727 members attended a meeting to ratify the contract. It passed with 98% percent of those in attendance voting in favor. 

VAESP members include clerks, secretaries and paraprofessionals. Many paraprofessionals provide direct assistance to students for learning support or special needs.

“Safety of students and staff is a top priority for Vancouver Public Schools, and this contract allows the district to ensure its paraeducators are receiving competitive compensation and good working conditions,” said Superintendent Jeff Snell. 

“This agreement positions the district to recruit for vacant positions and support students during the challenges of COVID,” said Barb Plymate, VAESP president. 

Currently, the district has 85 unfilled paraeducator positions, 73 of which are learning support or special education positions. School districts across the state and the country are experiencing employee shortages in all job classifications—shortages that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.