The SVUSD Board of Trustees will vote tonight (Tuesday) on a proposed tentative salary agreement with District teachers. A ratification vote by the Teachers Union will take place this Wednesday through Friday.
The accord calls for a 2.85% salary decrease for time worked. Another 6.87% reduction will occur through furlough days and benefit concessions for a total 9.72% overall reduction in pay and benefits. The cuts will save the District approximately $18 million of its $33 million budget shortfall. Other savings will come in the form of increased class sizes, primarily in grades 1-3 where four more students could be added to each class.
The agreement will be in effect for two years, and salary reductions, furlough days, and class size will be restored effective July 1, 2012, unless otherwise negotiated. The changes are effective with the Fall semester, except three furlough days will be scheduled next month on Monday, June 7; Friday, June 11; and Monday, June 14.
The number of school days will be reduced from 180 to 175, the minimum currently prescribed under a statewide directive from Governor Schwarzenegger.
The District had declared an impasse in negotiations in February. The agreement was unexpected because Superintendent Fish’s retirement announcement last week indicated the stalemate would not be resolved before the end of this school year. The understanding between the two sides came during mediation. Prior to the announcement of the agreement it was anticipated a fact-finding panel would soon replace the mediator in seeking a compromise.