San Bruno teachers and district officials reached a tentative agreement this past Friday to restore five contested furlough days enacted during the economic downturn.
The San Bruno Education Association and the San Bruno Park Elementary School District announced Thursday that they reached a tentative agreement Friday, March 14 on the previously agreed-to furlough days that teachers requested be restored. Three school days will be added to the end of the current school year, along with two professional development days.
“It also provides the opportunity for teachers and staff members to receive important professional development training that can be implemented in classrooms for the benefit of students,” Superintendent David Hutt said in a statement. “Training that has unfortunately been somewhat sacrificed as a result of the tough economic times school districts across the state have been facing.”
District teachers agreed last year to take five unpaid furlough days to help the district when finances were tight, but protested last week saying the district had the funds to restore the cut days. Within the context of agreement with the teachers’ association, the cost is $250,000, while the anticipated total cost as applied to all employees is $400,000. This will be funded by money earmarked by the state for such purposes in connection with the implementation of the Common Core state standards, Hutt said in an email. The new standards, which officially go into place next school year, come with some state funding and shift to more team collaborative learning and technology in the classroom.
Additionally, the groups agreed on a calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The calendar will include 180 school days as well as three additional paid professional development days for teachers. The first day of classes for students will be Aug. 28.
The school board was also satisfied with the deal, including board President Patrick Flynn.
“I think it’s great we could came up with a compromise,” he said. “I’m happy about it.”
Teachers were also pleased with the agreement.
“We’re really happy it’s settled for this year,” said Julia Maynard, president of the association and teacher at Parkside Intermediate School. “We had a big push to get it for students. It will be really good if the professional development is a really good use of time for Common Core preparation.”
The agreement also brings closure to all other negotiation issues raised this year. The last day of school for this year will be June 11.
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