Contract Negotiations

Timeline of Negotiations

In an effort to keep all staff and our community informed about upcoming contract negotiations we will update you on our progress here.

The current teachers contract expires on June 30, 2017.
View Current Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement

Vermont Education Health Initiative
Colchester School District uses the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) to provide health insurance benefits to our employees and their dependents. The current plans offered by VEHI will no longer be available after December 31, 2017. Please use the below links to learn more.

Colchester School Board Negotiations Team:
Craig Kieny, Director
Curt Taylor, Director
Lincoln White, Director

Colchester Education Association (CEA) Negotiations Team:
Joe Cheney, Teacher & CEA President
Tara Sharkey, CHS Teacher
Kate Ellingson, MBS Teacher

Meetings will be held in the Media Center (Library) at Colchester High School.

Meeting Dates
  • December 13, 2016, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • At this meeting the CSD and CEA discussed ground rules and future meeting dates.
    • Meeting Minutes
  • January 10, 2017, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • At this meeting the CSD and CEA agreed to ground rules.
    • At this meeting both sides exchanged initial proposals and asked clarifying questions.
    • Meeting Minutes
  • January 31, 2017, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • At this meeting both sides presented supporting rationale for their proposals and asked clarifying questions.
    • Meeting Minutes
  • February 13, 2017, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • Canceled: Weather
  • February 23, 2017, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • At this meeting the CEA finished sharing their rationale for each component of their proposal.
    • Meeting Minutes
  • March 14, 2017, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • Canceled: Weather
  • March 22, 2017, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • At this meeting both sides presented and discussed the healthcare and salary proposals.
    • Meeting Minutes
  • March 28, 2017, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • At this meeting a representative from VEHI reviewed health insurance changes. The CEA presented a new salary and health care proposal.
    • Meeting Minutes
  • April 12, 2017, 6:00pm: Meeting of CSD and CEA Negotiations Teams.
    • At this meeting the CEA presented a new proposal on salary. Both sides discussed the proposal. The School Board declared impasse. The next step will be to schedule mediation.
    • Meeting Minutes
  • Mediation Date TBD

Related Media

The current support staff contract expires on June 30, 2017.
View Current Support Staff Collective Bargaining Agreement

Colchester School Board Negotiations Team:
Mike Rogers, School Board Chair
Craig Kieny, Director

Support Staff Negotiations Team:
Amy Latulippe, CMS Autism Interventionist
Patricia Ward, CMS Guidance Admin Assistant

Meetings will be held in the conference room at Central Office.

Meeting Dates
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:30pm: Meeting of CSD and Support Staff Negotiations Teams
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:30pm: Meeting of CSD and Support Staff Negotiations Teams

Contact Us

Do you have a question for the School Board?

Email: schoolboard@colchestersd.org
Phone: 802.264.5999

Correspondence to board members should be sent in care of the Colchester School District at:

Colchester School District
PO Box 27
Colchester, VT 05446-0027

All submissions must be received before noon on the third Tuesday of every month.
We look forward to hearing from you!