Hoquiam teachers contract details kept under wraps, talks progressing

Details of the negotiations between the Hoquiam School District and Hoquiam Teachers Association are being kept under wraps, but both sides agree talks are progressing.

Superintendent Mike Villarreal said the talks are moving along, “just very slow,” adding the two sides still share a “positive open dialogue.”

When asked if she agreed with Villarreal’s description of the negotiations so far, teachers association president Laurie Gordon said, “That would be a fair assessment.”

The two met Wednesday. Again, through a mutual agreement between the district and union, details of the negotiations are being kept private, but both Villarreal and Gordon have said from the outset they plan to continue to work together to come up with a package that best serves the district, teachers and students.

The next round of negotiations is set for the end of the school day Sept. 14.