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Dublin: Teachers, school district reach tentative deal to end tense contract negotiations

Ratification by union members, approval by school board still pending

After more than a year of contentious negotiations, contract talks between the Dublin Unified School District and the Dublin Teachers Association appear close to concluding.

Representatives of both sides announced Friday that their bargaining teams reached tentative agreement on a contract proposal running through next school year that includes a 4.5% raise for DTA members, class size limits in elementary schools and additional support for special education, among other provisions.

DTA leadership is scheduled to present the tentative deal to its members for ratification on Monday (April 15) at a meeting the Dublin High School Student Union. Voting is set to take place that day.

If DTA members approve the agreement, the proposal would head to the DUSD Board of Trustees for final consideration during its regular meeting April 23. Since the board has only three trustees due to resignations and a pending special election, the agreement would need unanimous support to pass.

Representatives of both sides spoke highly of the new agreement aiming to end over 13 months of labor negotiations, a tense timeframe that in recent weeks included union members supporting a potential strike and the school board mutually parting ways with third-year superintendent Leslie Boozer.

"Through the power and strength of organizing, parent support and our unity, DTA reached a tentative agreement with the district that will benefit our students and help to attract and retain educators to our district," DTA president Robbie Kreitz said in a joint statement with DUSD leaders on Friday.

"This settlement is a good step in the right direction toward investing in educators and the future of our community." Kreitz added, while thanking the Dublin community for strong support for educators during months of contract talks. "We have always been and will continue to be committed to our students."

"Given the budget challenges in public education, we believe we have an agreement that both parties can be happy with. We want to thank DTA for their efforts in working through this process together. Both parties have taken great strides to bridge our gaps and create a solution that works for Dublin," Board of Trustees President Amy Miller said in the joint statement.

"Our goal has been to maintain the exceptional educational experience we offer our students by reaching a deal that was in the best interests of our fantastic teachers and the fiscal health of our district," added Matt Campbell, who is acting superintendent through the weekend.

According to both sides, key aspects of the tentative agreement include a 4.5% permanent salary increase plus a 1% one-time bonus for all union members, as well a 4.5% increase to non-athletic stipends and a health insurance subsidy for employees receiving medical coverage through the district.

The deal also features limits on class sizes for kindergarten through fifth grade, additional counselor support for K-8 campuses, safety and security enhancements for classrooms and common spaces, additional support for special education teachers and lower caseloads, secondary student contact limits and finalizing of instructional calendars for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.

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