The Anchorage School District and the Anchorage Education Association have been sparring over teacher contracts for months, but late Wednesday evening the two jointly announced a step forward.

In a release, ASD superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop announced a “tentative” three-year agreement. 

“I appreciate the dedication of every teacher and employee in AEA,” Bishop wrote. “The heart of our classrooms resides with our teachers and this Tentative Agreement allows them and the District to move forward to achieve positive outcomes for our students.”

The two loudest voices during the dealings, ASD’s Todd Hess and AEA’s Tom Klaameyer, said both sides are determined to make the contract work.

“The ASD appreciates the work and dedication of our teachers and other AEA members. We value the work they do and their recognition of the District’s overall fiscal situation,” Hess, chief of human resources for ASD, said.

Klaameyer, AEA president, said, “AEA members are committed to working with the District to provide an excellent education for all of our students. This agreement will allow us to focus on that core mission together.”

The new agreement, if approved by both sides, would run through June 30, 2021.

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