The Lake Oswego School District reached tentative agreements with the Lake Oswego Education Association (LOEA) and the Lake Oswego School Employees Association (LOSEA) this week.

These tentative agreements regarding employment contracts demonstrate the support of employees in helping the district address the economic constraints that continue to drive district strategic planning efforts and decisions.

'Assuming the successful passage of these tentative contracts by association membership, all employees will be making significant contributions to assist the district during these challenging times,' Curt Sheinin, school board chair, said. 'We have great respect for their professionalism, and we are greatly appreciative of their sacrifices on behalf of the education of our students.'

The tentative agreements will be presented to each employee association for membership vote. If approved, the school board must then approve new contracts, which will become effective July 1. The financial elements of these contracts will apply to all employees, including those not represented by an association (i.e., administrators, directors and specialists).

The critical attribute of the agreements is that they will control district employee costs over the next two years, which has been the overriding school board objective during these difficult economic times.

District administrators and the district's employee associations have a long history of approaching contract negotiations as a collaborative problem-solving process. Given the immense economic challenges that the district must continue to address, this proactive working relationship is invaluable and reflects mutual respect by all parties.

Additional details regarding these tentative agreements will be released upon approval of new contracts.

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