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School District, Teachers, Reach Tentative Agreement

The school district is accepting applicants for a spending advisory panel. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District announced yesterday it has reached a tentative agreement with teachers for a 3.7 percent raise for the next school year. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District announced yesterday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the teachers union for a pay raise for the coming school year.

Negotiating teams met on Tuesday and developed an agreement to provide a 3.7 percent salary increase for Alameda Education Association members for the 2016 to 2017 school year.

The association represents certificated employees including teachers, counselors, and nurses.

According to a district press release, 3.1 percent of that increase is new money, while the remaining 0.59 percent will be re-allocated from union members’ dental benefits.

In earlier negotiating sessions this spring, the two teams also reached tentative agreements that:

  • Provide prep times to kindergarten teachers as they transition to a full-day program.
  • Reduce class size to 24:1 in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten.
  • Increase flexibility for using leave time.
  • Create a formal process for class size overages.

The district and union also agreed to create three new committees:

  • A Salary Study Committee to research strategies for bringing AUSD teacher salaries closer to the county average.
  • A Special Education Task Force to develop guidelines on the best ways to serve students receiving special education services in general education classrooms.
  • An Academic Committee that will provide input and evaluations on all curriculum and instructional materials, training, and professional development of teachers.
  • Union members and the district’s board of trustee now need to ratify the agreement through votes. Union members are expected to vote from June 9 through June 15, 2016. The school district board will vote at its regular meeting on June 28, 2016.

    Coming after a four percent salary increase of June of last year, this new agreement would bring the total salary increase for association members to about 12 percent over the last three years.

    The district said that employees had no raises between 2008 and 2012 and a salary cut in the 2010 to 2011 school year due to furlough days, the result of state funding cuts.

    The teams will begin salary negotiations again in February, 2017.

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