Pleasanton teachers agree to pay cut to reportedly save district nearly $4.6M
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on Feb 19, 2010
In a statement released by the Association of Pleasanton Teachers, president Trevor Knaggs announced that teachers made a tentative agreement to take a 4.3-percent pay cut over the next two years.
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on Feb 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm
School district and teachers' association reach agreement on concessions
The Pleasanton Unified School District and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers are pleased to announce that they have signed a Tentative Agreement for the 2010/11 school year which will provide $4,587,000 in certificated bargaining unit concessions, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. The agreement is for one year, and includes the following:
Three unpaid furlough days in the current school year
The days impacted will be instructional days. The total amount saved by this action is $1,080,000. Pending Board approval, the three days would be Thursday, April 1; Friday, May 28; and Tuesday, June 1.
Five unpaid furlough days in 2010/11
The actual days are to be determined, but three will be student attendance days, and two will be staff development days. The savings from this action is $1,800,000.
Increase in staffing ratios at middle and high schools
The contractual staffing ratio (students per teacher) at middle and high schools will increase by 1. This will move middle schools from 26:1 to 27:1 and high schools from 27:1 to 28:1. Staffing ratios are not the same as class size, but this action will likely increase classes at these schools by about one student. The savings from this action is $864,000.
Suspension of the 7 period day at high school
Several years ago, the 7 period day was instituted to allow teachers a weekly collaboration period. High schools will now offer a 6 period day, and collaboration ("late start Wednesday") will be suspended. The savings from this action is $448,000.
Suspension of voluntary Staff Development Reform hours
This is approved training for which teachers can receive up to 18 hours of compensation. The savings from this action is $380,000.
Suspension of the Teacher Support and Training Advisory Committee
Savings from this action will be about $15,000.
At their meeting on February 23, the PUSD Board of Trustees will review and vote on a recommendation to remove items from the possible reduction list that could be supported by the savings generated by these one-time concessions from APT. These include:
Maintaining class sizes in grades K 3 at 25:1 ($1.3 million estimated cost)
Maintaining class sizes in grade 9 English and math at 25:1 ($404,000)
Continuing instruction by elementary physical education, science, and vocal music specialists ($931,000)
Maintaining elementary Reading Specialists (one full-time position per site) ($720,000)
Maintaining counseling services at current-year levels for elementary, middle, and high schools ($752,000)
Restoring funding for the Barton reading program ($106,000)
In addition, the Pleasanton Unified Management Team (principals, vice principals, and District Office administrators) have also agreed to five furlough days for 2010/11 and to continue the reduction or elimination of mileage stipends. The savings from this action, approximately $240,000, is proposed to support the retention of a vice principal position at each comprehensive high school. For the current year, the Management Team had already agreed to three furlough days and the reduction or elimination of mileage stipends.
Negotiations with the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the bargaining unit for classified employees are underway. The CSEA leadership and membership have expressed many times their willingness to help the District address this critical budget challenge.
Chris Grant, President of the PUSD Board of Trustees, says, "The Tentative Agreement is a continued demonstration of the wonderful partnership we have with our teachers and APT, and exemplifies their willingness to support our students. I greatly appreciate the important leadership that the Management Team has shown and look forward to continued conversations between the District and our classified employees. This agreement is key as it will allow several critical student services to continue despite dramatic state-imposed budgetary reductions."
The Board will vote on the Tentative Agreement at their meeting on Tuesday, February 23.