By Daily Republic Staff
Travis School District trustees Tuesday approved the 2017-18 contracts with the Travis Unified Teachers Association and California School Employees Association, Travis Chapter 454.
The votes were 4-1 with Trustee Angela Weinzinger dissenting.
Weinzinger said in transcribed comments from district staff that as an elected official, she has been entrusted by taxpayers to make decisions for the district with the fiscal responsibility to those taxpayers and the solvency of the district in mind.
“I am in total agreement that our staff at (the Travis district) are very deserving of the raise and increase in benefits. They are incredible at what they do,” Weinzinger said in the transcribed comments. “But as I look to the future, I am concerned that down the line we will not be faced with even bigger financial issues.
Source: Travis school trustees approve 2 employee contracts
By Richard Bammer
Routine approval of new employee contracts and three reports — the California School Dashboard, Federal Impact Aid, and projected enrollment — are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.
The five-member governing board is expected to OK a teachers wage-and-benefits pact for the 2017-18 year, retroactive to Jan. 1.
District officials and negotiators for the 285-member Travis Unified Teachers Association huddled periodically for more than eight months before agreeing, last month, to a 3.25 percent wage hike and $100 per month in health benefits, or about 3.75 percent overall salary increase. Additionally, workday hours were established for district psychologists program specialists, and nurses. The agreement will add $1.2 million to the district’s expenses during the contract year, according to agenda documents.
Source: Employee contracts on Travis Unified School District agenda
By Susan Hiland
The Fairfield-Suisun CSEA Chapter 302 donated an estimated $100 in school supplies on Jan. 6.The mission of the California School Employees Association local is to “improve the lives of our members, students, and community.”
Shelbie Petersen, of Vacaville, a Biology and Honors Humanities major at Azusa Pacific University, served through the Center for Student Action during the fall semester in Local Ministries.
From assisting in food banks to providing after-school tutoring and mentoring, the Center for Student Action at Azusa Pacific mobilizes and educates students about community service through a collaborative network of offices and programs.
Source: District’s classified staff donate supplies
By Richard Bammer
A one-time, off-schedule payment to teachers and confidential employees and a $1.4 million contract to build and install portable classrooms at an aging Travis Air Force Base elementary school are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.
The 282 members of the Travis Unified Teachers Association and a small group of confidential district employees, that is, those who have access to confidential personnel, contract and labor relations documents, will receive a 1.7 percent one-time payment.
Union negotiators and district officials agreed on the employee compensation, plus money that will upgrade district safety systems, such as fire alarms, said Shari Herout, president of TUTA.
Source: A one-time payment to teachers, $1.4M portable classroom contract on TUSD agenda
By Times Herald Staff
A Vallejo City Unified School District delegation, led by superintendent Ramona Bishop, participated in a gathering of educators on Wednesday at the White House.
Bishop, Sheila Gradwohl, president of Vallejo Education Association — the union representing Vallejo teachers — and Ralph Barnette, California School Employees Association — the union representing classified district employees — gathered for the “Rethink Discipline” day-long conference.
According to the White House, the event was a national convening and conversation held on improving school discipline policies and practices. At the meeting, participants discussed new tools and resources to be released by the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, an interagency initiative launched by the administration in 2011, along with data and research that underscores the need for further action, White House officials added.
via Vallejo school delegation participates in White House conference.