43 school district employees will forego raises | SierraSun.com

43 school district employees will forego raises

Two Tahoe Truckee Unified School District employee groups announced they have reached the decision to postpone their raises for their units for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

The Tahoe Truckee Management Association, composed of 37 principals, vice principals, directors, coordinators and other district staff members met on Jan. 15 and voted to forego all salary increases for the 2008-2009 school year.

In addition, the confidential unit, a group of six district office employees, announced on Feb. 6 they met and discussed the budget situation the district is currently facing. They too reached the decision to postpone the salary increases that were to go into effect for them before the end of the fiscal year.

“Given the serious shortfalls in the district’s budget, not to mention the California budget crisis and unprecedented global economic problems, the principals, directors, and other managers believe it is inappropriate to pursue a pay increase at this time,” read a letter from the management association to school district superintendent Steve Jennings.

The school district board of trustees took action at their Wednesday board meeting to accept the confidential unit’s offer and formally rescind a previously accepted six percent raise of those employees. The employees were in line for 9 percent raise over the 2008-09 school year, in three installments of 3 percent each. The confidential employees already received their first 3 percent raise in July and have chosen to forego the second and third installments, scheduled for Feb. 1 and May. 1.

The board did not need to take action regarding the Tahoe Truckee Management Association; the group was in the process of formalizing their 9 percent raise when they notified the board they decided to forego any increases.

“The gesture shows great leadership on their part. We’re looking for any and all ways that we can address the budget deficit, so this is really good news,” Jennings said.

Following a series of public forums involving school district staff and parents, Jennings said the district and the board of trustees will be analyzing the public’s input and will be considering ways to restructure the educational model to become more efficient.

“We are fighting to keep cuts away from student achievement. It’s not about ‘my school vs. your school.’ We all want the most incredible education for our kids,” Jennings said.

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