During closed session at the May 18th Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) Board Meeting, the TUSD Board of Trustees accepted a 2 percent salary reduction by District administrators.
TUSD Superintendent Sonny DaMarto announced that the California Governor’s May Revise of the state budget did not further negatively impact TUSD’s budget projections for the 2010-11 year.
The TUSD Board has budgeted deficit spending from the reserve in the amount of $4 million for 2010-11 year.
Superintendent Sonny DaMarto requested the TUSD Board of Trustees rescind all of the certificated layoffs except the number of positions needed to cover the remaining 2 percent budget shortfall left after TUSD administration agreed to take a 2 percent salary reduction.
TUSD Board President Frank Lima added the request to the end of the agenda as an urgent item due to the fact that these two budget impacting announcements were recently released and that layoff hearings will begin on May 20th.
The TUSD Board of Trustees approved rescinding layoffs to save 59 certificated positions.
There are still 19 certificated and 55 classified layoff notices pending.
Negotiations with the Turlock Teachers Association (TTA), California School Employees Association (CSEA), and Turlock Classified-American Federation of Teachers (TC-AFT) have been stalled out.
TUSD Board President Frank Lima stated “With respect to the budget, we would like to rescind all of those (the remaining layoffs) but we can not do that obviously until we reach some point of settlement with respect to negotiations.”
In regards to the negotiations being referred to, Superintendent DaMarto sent out a memo to staff stating that on May 4, 2010 the District filed for impasse with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Impasse means that the parties are deadlocked as each party is holding firmly to their respective positions. At this point, PERB will be working with all parties to assist in breaking the stalemate.
As a last best and final offer, The District proposed a 2% Salary/Benefits reduction to go into effect during the 2010-2011 year. A 2% reduction in salaries and benefits for all bargaining groups would mean $4 million in deficit spending in the 2010-11 budget year.
The Turlock Teachers Association wants the salary schedule to be adjusted to reflect two (2) “budget cut” (furlough) days for the 2010-2011 school year. Two furlough days are equivalent to a 1.1% salary decrease. The Turlock Teachers’ Association also proposes the reinstatement of one or both of the budget cut days for the 2010-2011 school year, if, by August 15, 2010, any State or Federal money is released to the Turlock School District to help with the financial shortfall, and would result in raising the District’s reserves above 8.5%.