The Pleasanton school board is expected to vote during its regular meeting tonight on a tentative agreement announced last Friday by district's teachers' union for its members to take a pay cut over the next two years.
Upon approval of the agreement, the board may vote to recommend the removal of some items on the potential cut list.
The Association of Pleasanton Teachers (union) president Trevor Knaggs announced that teachers have agreed to the salary reduction.
"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," Knaggs stated in a report to the board.
According to Myla Grasso, the district's public information officer, said she understands that the furlough days in the current school year would be April 1, May 28 and June 1, pending board approval.
Knaggs' report goes on to say that the agreement includes suspending the seven-period day at Amador Valley and Foothill high schools, to increase class-size ratios at the two high schools and also in the district's three middle schools, and also to make "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," said Chris Grant, school board president.
"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 school board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the district's offices at 4645 Bernal Ave.
The meeting will be broadcast live from the board room on TV30 Community Television's Channel 28.