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PUSD board approves pay bump for classified staff, postpones vote on cabinet raises

Trustees reject proposed increase to own stipend

Pleasanton Unified School District classified staff will see a 2.75% pay raise after the trustees finalized a labor contract last week, but they agreed to table the matter of salary increases for executive cabinet members until next month.

The board unanimously approved the deal with the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) at its May 21 online meeting.

According to public documents, CSEA -- the district's bargaining unit for non-certificated staff members -- will be retroactively paid as of July 1, 2019. In total, CSEA members will be compensated at the value of about $808,638, including salaries, cash in lieu and health benefit contributions.

In January, PUSD reached a unanimous agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers as well for a 2.75% increase in salaries, and also updated the employee bereavement policy.

Under an existing "me too" clause in CSEA contracts, whatever salary or benefit compensation that APT members receive is also granted to CSEA. It is typically offered across the board, to all district employees, as well.

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Assistant superintendent of human resources Julio Hernandez called it a "significantly complicated negotiation" reached after 27 meetings over a seven-month period, and resulted in new classified job descriptions and a classified study. That study, which was conducted by an outside consultant, "did an overview of neighboring school districts and similar districts" and how their salaries compared to the tasks actually performed and not just the titles of positions, Hernandez said.

"This company went out, studied the (job) functions across school districts -- because different functions may have different names -- and they compared those functions to our school district, and then made a determination of which classifications were being paid at the median and which classifications were not," he continued.

The study found that some classifications had "created a disjointedness" in certain groups; for example, Hernandez said child nutrition at one site had two types of cooks but the person doing more hazardous work around the ovens earned less than their coworker. This ultimately led to creating the new job descriptions for classified service.

However, Hernandez said, "There were 160 employees that did not get that increase in pay due to the fact that the study said they were already being paid significantly above that mean."

An unidentified person criticized the arrangement in a written comment read by district officials during the public hearing.

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"By approving this agreement, you are acknowledging that approximately one third of CSEA employees will get nothing," they wrote. "This includes not receiving the 2.75% that is in our contract, the (Commission on Teacher Credentialing) was presented as being harmless to all employees and yet it was never disclosed. By doing so, some would sacrifice their contracted raise in return."

As the meeting drew towards its midnight curfew, the board eventually agreed to put off a vote until June on 2.75% salary raises for district cabinet members including Superintendent David Haglund and assistant superintendent Janelle Woodward. Last year the board approved a 2.5% increase for the executive cabinet and a 5% bump to their own monthly stipend.

Before the night was over, the trustees unanimously rejected a proposed 5% stipend increase for this year. Board members currently receive a monthly stipend of $441 as compensation for their service; the increase would've given each an additional $22 a month.

Trustee Valerie Arkin said the extra stipend money is "pretty insignificant" but that "in light of looming budget cuts we're facing, it's more a matter of principle."

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PUSD board approves pay bump for classified staff, postpones vote on cabinet raises

Trustees reject proposed increase to own stipend

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, May 26, 2020, 10:31 pm

Pleasanton Unified School District classified staff will see a 2.75% pay raise after the trustees finalized a labor contract last week, but they agreed to table the matter of salary increases for executive cabinet members until next month.

The board unanimously approved the deal with the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) at its May 21 online meeting.

According to public documents, CSEA -- the district's bargaining unit for non-certificated staff members -- will be retroactively paid as of July 1, 2019. In total, CSEA members will be compensated at the value of about $808,638, including salaries, cash in lieu and health benefit contributions.

In January, PUSD reached a unanimous agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers as well for a 2.75% increase in salaries, and also updated the employee bereavement policy.

Under an existing "me too" clause in CSEA contracts, whatever salary or benefit compensation that APT members receive is also granted to CSEA. It is typically offered across the board, to all district employees, as well.

Assistant superintendent of human resources Julio Hernandez called it a "significantly complicated negotiation" reached after 27 meetings over a seven-month period, and resulted in new classified job descriptions and a classified study. That study, which was conducted by an outside consultant, "did an overview of neighboring school districts and similar districts" and how their salaries compared to the tasks actually performed and not just the titles of positions, Hernandez said.

"This company went out, studied the (job) functions across school districts -- because different functions may have different names -- and they compared those functions to our school district, and then made a determination of which classifications were being paid at the median and which classifications were not," he continued.

The study found that some classifications had "created a disjointedness" in certain groups; for example, Hernandez said child nutrition at one site had two types of cooks but the person doing more hazardous work around the ovens earned less than their coworker. This ultimately led to creating the new job descriptions for classified service.

However, Hernandez said, "There were 160 employees that did not get that increase in pay due to the fact that the study said they were already being paid significantly above that mean."

An unidentified person criticized the arrangement in a written comment read by district officials during the public hearing.

"By approving this agreement, you are acknowledging that approximately one third of CSEA employees will get nothing," they wrote. "This includes not receiving the 2.75% that is in our contract, the (Commission on Teacher Credentialing) was presented as being harmless to all employees and yet it was never disclosed. By doing so, some would sacrifice their contracted raise in return."

As the meeting drew towards its midnight curfew, the board eventually agreed to put off a vote until June on 2.75% salary raises for district cabinet members including Superintendent David Haglund and assistant superintendent Janelle Woodward. Last year the board approved a 2.5% increase for the executive cabinet and a 5% bump to their own monthly stipend.

Before the night was over, the trustees unanimously rejected a proposed 5% stipend increase for this year. Board members currently receive a monthly stipend of $441 as compensation for their service; the increase would've given each an additional $22 a month.

Trustee Valerie Arkin said the extra stipend money is "pretty insignificant" but that "in light of looming budget cuts we're facing, it's more a matter of principle."

Comments

Ornithology
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2020 at 12:12 pm
Ornithology, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2020 at 12:12 pm
7 people like this

I am glad the district did NOT approve any pay increases for the district cabinet members. With so many parents hurting from job loss, this is not the time for leadership raises. They are doing just fine --- having jobs with existing contract values.


PapaDan
Danbury Park
on May 27, 2020 at 4:15 pm
PapaDan, Danbury Park
on May 27, 2020 at 4:15 pm
8 people like this

Any increase in pay for school district employees, both certificates and classified, is an important investment in our community. We need to support the schools in this and other ways at every opportunity. Looks like hard times are ahead and we need to find ways to support our schools.


Concerned Resident
Pleasanton Valley
on May 28, 2020 at 9:29 am
Concerned Resident, Pleasanton Valley
on May 28, 2020 at 9:29 am
9 people like this

Just clarifying that the Board of Trustees did not approve an increase for themselves (a very noble gesture); however, the vote for a 2.75% raise for the 5 District Executive Cabinet Members (Superintendent David Haglund and Assistant Superintendents Janelle Woodward, Julio Hernandez, Ed Diolazo, and Ahmed Sheikholeslami) has been postponed. The current total salary of the 5 District Executive Cabinet Members is over $1.3M, so the proposed raise is $36,000. Approving a raise for the District Executive Cabinet Members at this time, would be irresponsible and insensitive to the Pleasanton community in light of the Covid-19 impacts, such as job loss and small business closures. The $36,000 should be used for budget shortfalls, much needed money for classroom related expenses, or money needed to modify teaching methods due to Covid 19. If the Board of Trustees can vote No to a stipend increase for themselves, why can't the District Executive Cabinet Members rescind their own recommendation for a raise? Better yet, I hope the Board of Trustees vote No!


Ptown parent
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2020 at 4:11 pm
Ptown parent, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2020 at 4:11 pm
2 people like this

Oh you should be watching this executive cabinet closely, lots going on while we are all away...that vote came right at the end of the board meeting, when no one was watching. BUT the same executive cabinet felt paying teachers for training for remote learning needed to be cut? There's a lot this community should be questioning about this leadership, it's happening right under our noses.


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