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Elementary teachers to get pay hike: Redwood City teachers union strikes a deal with school district
June 03, 2014, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

After months of negotiations, raises are coming for teachers in the Redwood City Elementary School District.

On Monday, the district and the Redwood City Teachers Association reached a tentative agreement, resolving negotiations for the 2013-14 school year. Under the terms of the agreement, teachers will receive a total increase of 3.5 percent, of which 2 percent will be retroactive to July 1, 2013, and the remaining 1.5 percent will be effective Monday, June 2, 2014.

“By reaching this agreement, the district reaffirms its deep commitment to its students, teachers, staff and community,” Superintendent Jan Christensen said in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, union president Bret Baird is pleased with the agreement, especially since teachers hadn’t received a cost-of-living adjustment or across-the-board salary increase since the 2007-08 school year.

“It’s been very rocky negotiations,” he said. “So we’re happy it came to fruition before the school year ended.”

Next, the teachers will begin negotiations for the following school year.

In November 2013, teachers and administrators reached an impasse after they failed to come to an agreement over a new contract after the union requested a 7 percent pay increase that could be spread out over two years. The district countered with a 2 percent raise beginning on July 1. The district’s offer included a one-time payment this year equal to 1 percent of salaries, according to the district. For the 2013-14 school year, the district offered a one-time 2.6 percent salary increase. This would be comprised of a 1 percent off-schedule bonus and a reduction of three workdays equivalent to a 1.6 percent salary increase, according to the district.

The new state Local Control Funding Formula sends $2.1 billion more to school districts that have high numbers of students from lower-income families, who have limited English proficiency or are foster children. The district receives $141 per pupil with the new formula, receiving $1.3 million total from the state incrementally, board Vice President Dennis McBride previously said. There is still a $2.5 million deficit, he said. When he joined the board in 2003, the district had 8,000 students and approximately $95 million. Today, it has 9,000 students and $80 million, he previously said.

Currently, certified, credentialed teachers make between $45,495 starting to $84,938 annually.

The next step is for the teachers union is to ratify the agreement.

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