News New deal approved for Comox Valley school support staff SHARE ON: Jon Gauthier, staff Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 2019 Books in front of a chalkboard. (Stock Photo) The provincial government has approved an agreement for Kindergarten to Grade 12 support staff members in the Comox Valley. The government says the agreement focuses on improving services and ensuring fair and affordable compensation is available. It includes three-year terms for support staff members from July of this year to June 30th, 2022. two per cent per year. School District 71 and CUPE Local 439 negotiated in-service training days for education assistants, program/support/Indigenous education workers and continuing temporary employees. The two parties also streamlined a post and fill process for continuing temporary employees to address recruitment and retention challenges. Negotiations on a new contract first started last September.