Vancouver Public Schools and Vancouver Education Association today reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for teachers, counselors and other education professionals in the district.

Schools are expected to open on Wednesday, Sept. 5., pending a VEA ratification vote on Sept 4.

“Unlike other districts that only had to address teacher salaries, VEA and VPS had to negotiate an entire contract,” said VPS Superintendent Steve Webb. “I am grateful to the bargaining teams for working very hard together to come to an agreement. And, I especially want to thank our teachers and staff, parents and community members for their patience and understanding as we completed this difficult process.”

“Vancouver Public Schools is so fortunate to have a talented and dedicated teacher workforce with educators who are passionate about preparing young people for their future. We look forward to beginning the school year and continuing to serve our 24,000 students and their families.”

Details of the tentative agreement will be released after VEA ratification. School calendar adjustments also will be forthcoming.