Teachers joined together at Tuesday’s Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting, demonstrating their frustration with the District’s proposed salary cuts to all TUSD teachers and staff over the next three years. Adorning black t-shirts that read, “Turlock Teachers United” the district employees gathered outside of the TUSD Professional Development Center while the Board of Trustees were in closed session.
The teachers and district employees chanted, “No More Cuts” as the Board of Trustees made their way out of closed session over to the regular meeting. Protestors also held signs with messages such as “TUSD – Are you Choosing Civility?”, “No Work, No Pay, No Way”, “Your Tax Dollar, Your Schools, Ask Questions of TUSD” and various others all sharing the same message of aggravation and discontent with the proposed 3% salary cuts over the next three years.
The Turlock Teachers Association listed a $17 million reserve as one of their major concerns, along with the increases in administrative salary.
“The Board needs to ‘see’ that you do not want to take a 2.4% pay cut and that you are tired of the District using your pay check to increase their reserves,” stated an email sent out to Turlock Teachers Association members.
The majority of the large group of protestors outside of the closed session meeting, however, did not come into the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting, where the Board of Trustees adopted the 2012-2013 General Budget.
“We are building this budget with the best information we have, however, we do not have a state budget yet,” stated Assistant Superintendent Lori Decker.
The District began the budget process in January when the State Budget Proposal was released, however, the State Budget is currently dependent on whether or not a tax initiative passes on the November ballot. Should the tax initiative fail, mid-year trigger cuts could occur. TUSD’s adopted budget, however, has set aside $5 million out of the reserve funds for one time usage and 2.4% salary cuts for all District employees should the initiative not pass.
Although the Education Funding for 2012-2013 is heavily dependent upon the passage of the tax initiative, School Districts statewide are required to adopt a budget no later than July 1, even if there is no State Budget in place.
The Adopted Budget was passed, with the assumption and hope that the tax initiative passes, while reflecting $105,557,321 in revenue, with $106, 654,915 in expenditures, creating a $1,077,680 deficit.
After a presentation of the budget and the Multi-Year Projections, demonstrating the future effects of current financial decisions and economic conditions, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt the 2012-13 General Budget.
TUSD, TTA, and classified unions have already reached impasse in bargaining discussions and therefore are dependent on mediation to reach an agreement in their negotiations. Employee bargaining units have always debated for taking furlough days instead of straight salary cuts while the Board has consistently been against cutting the school year for students.
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