San Bruno Park Elementary School District teachers ratified a contract proposal offering a 2.2 percent bonus at the end of the school year and a 1.5 percent raise next year, followed by another 1.5 percent bonus at next year’s end.
The deal was approved by a 92-26 union vote last week, and still needs to be approved by the district Board of Trustees before being implemented.
Should the board finalize the terms, the deal would end a contentious round of contract negotiations which led district officials and teachers to a bargaining impasse. Officials claimed a constrained budget prevented them from offering significant wage increases, while teachers pointed to their salaries as among some of the lowest on the Peninsula as evidence of necessary pay hikes.
Robert Darling, a lead negotiator for the teachers, said teachers appreciate the raise but feel room for improvement still remains.
“This is a modest salary increase. While we are glad there is an increase, it does little to improve our position as one of the lowest paying districts in San Mateo County. We hope to work with the district to create a specific plan that addresses this salary issue,” he said in an email.
The agreement also maintains class sizes at their current level next year, includes changes in compensation for elementary school teachers who take students when no substitutes are available and establishes limits on the length and number of meetings teachers will attend each year. The bonuses will not count toward the teachers’ salary schedule.