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Capistrano Unified to Reopen Furlough, Class Size Talks With Unions

The Board of Trustees meets tonight to discuss future contracts, approve a report that says CUSD may not be able to remain solvent in the coming years and OK $100,000 for kindergarten teachers.

To address a budget shortfall which has now grown to $33.5 million next school year at best, the is looking to re-open negotiations with several employee groups, including teachers.

At its meeting Monday night, the Board of Trustees is expected to pass a resolution to reopen contract talks.

For the Capistrano Unified Education Association, the teachers’ union, on the table are:

  • Furlough days
  • Shorter work days
  • Larger classroom sizes in all grades
  • Adjustments in release time (because of larger-size classes, teachers are able to take time away from the classroom a month, which vary by grade;  see the contract, Page 19)
  • Benefits

The district also reserves to open other areas for negotiation as well, states the proposal the trustees will consider.

“Through good faith, collaborative, fact-driven and reality-based negotiations, the district believes that the parties will arrive at mutually acceptable solutions even in these uncertain economic times,” says the proposal.

The ultimate language may allow for contingencies and restorations should the economy improve or worsen, the proposal says.

On the table for the non-teaching employees of the California School Employees Association, such as instructional aides and office help, are:

  • Furlough days
  • Wages
  • Benefits
  • Adjustments in release time

A smaller number of non-teaching employees are members of the Teamsters, such as bus and truck drivers. The district proposes to change their contract with respect to:

  • Furlough days
  • Vacation time
  • Benefits
  • Transportation provisions (the district proposes to amend language that streamlines operations to achieve savings)

Also at the meeting, the trustees are expected to approve an interim report about this year’s budget, saying the district may not be solvent in the coming years.

At the same time, the district will give kindergarten teachers a slight raise because they have been teaching more minutes than their memorandum of understanding with the district calls for.  

The trustees will consider a new memorandum that will reflect their current day of 303 minutes daily, instead of the 291 minutes it currently says kindergarten teachers work. The extra 12 minutes a day translates into $179,000 more a year in total salaries paid out, but will be offset by $98,000 the district receives in class-size reduction revenue from the state.

The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the district headquarters, 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano.

Capo mom March 13, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Teachers tell us how much of "their own time" they spend doing work out of the classroom. Yet during this budget crisis, they are demanding to be paid for an additional 12 minutes a day. Something doesn't smell right.
Capo Parent March 13, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Don't disagree, Farley's been a supreme disappointment. Farley and other administrators are grossly over paid compared to the teachers and other employees. Unfortuantely, all CUSD employees are going to have to take big hits to cover a $33 million to $51 million deficit that apparently keeps growing on a weekly basis.
OC Mom March 13, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Sounds like a good idea to me CP. Why not take some of the millions in dues that they use to put very liberal leaning propositions on the ballots? Most of the time these measures they fund have nothing to do with education or children.
Penny Arévalo March 13, 2012 at 05:54 AM
New budget story up: http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/capo-unified-budget-you-can-t-get-there-from-here-without-new-contracts-with-the-unions
OC Mom March 13, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Thank you for your dedicated service to the children. It's helpful to have this kind of clarification of what a day is like for a Kindergarten teacher. My husband is a salaried middle manager who works your same hours most days and works 12 to 14 hours days at month end and when there are meetings. He takes his lunch and eats while working most days. Unfortunately, he occassionally has to go to the office for a few hours on a weekend or take a late night call also. He doesn't get the Summers off and will never have a pension. Whether he likes it or not Social Security taxes are deducted from his paycheck. He does have a Bachelor's Degree and he has to continually stay up on new developments in his field. This is the reality of a lot of folks with kids in CUSD. Everyone in CUSD isn't a real estate mogul, Doctor, Lawyer or successful business owner. Many are struggling just to be middle class. When the economy changed there was a lot more competition for jobs. That means that in non Union jobs you work the hours necessary or you lose your job because your performance lags. That also means that a lot of folks have taken paycuts because the supply of available jobs is low and the number of workers high. I do believe that teaching is a demanding job and it is an important job. You are helping shape the next generation. We are facing tough times though and something must be done to balance the CUSD budget. I agree with triton truth who said Administrator pay is too high.

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