Vacaville Unified School District students will go to class five fewer days this coming school year under an agreement approved Thursday by the board of trustees.
On a 6-0 vote, with Jerry Eaton absent, trustees ratified the 2012-13 collective bargaining agreement offered by the Vacaville Teachers Association, calling for a 6.5 percent reduction in pay, for a savings of $2.64 million.
The reduction is the equivalent of five teaching days, plus a teacher’s minimum day, for a total of six days, said Randy Henry, the 12,000-student district’s chief business officer.
Saying his was thrilled at the teachers’ decision, a 321-37 vote, trustee David McCallum praised the negotiators’ “willingness to come together” and work collaboratively, as the district faces the real possibility of $8.2 million in cuts if the Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative fails to pass.