In a statement released Friday afternoon 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.
"The agreement will result in a three-year contract, and a one-year memorandum of understanding that establishes three unpaid furlough days in 2009-10 and five unpaid furlough days in 2010-11," the report reads.
According to Myla Grass of the Pleasanton Unified School District, the furlough days in the current school year would be April 1, May 28 and June 1, pending board approval.
It goes on to say that the agreement includes suspending the seven-period day at the comprehensive high schools and increase class-size ratios in the middle and high schools as well as "other monetary concessions." A more detailed list of the tentative agreement details can be found on the district's website.
"Pleasanton teachers recognize that their district is facing a severe fiscal crisis and have shown by this vote that they are prepared to be part of the solution," Knaggs said. "They have agreed to a pay cut and other concessions. Our hope is that the community will also recognize the need for further efforts to preserve the standard of education provided in the Pleasanton Unified School District."
The expected savings to Pleasanton Unified School district is reportedly $4,587,000.
"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," Chris Grant, school board president, said.
"I greatly appreciate the important leadership that the (union) management team has shown and look forward to continued conversations between the District and our classified employees," Grant said. "This agreement is key as it will allow several critical student services to continue despite dramatic state-imposed budgetary reductions."
The board will vote to approve the tentative agreement at its next meeting Tuesday.