By Lanz Christian Bañes
Vallejo public school teachers will get a 2.5 percent raise — the first pay increase in about a decade.
“I want to have the best teachers, and I do think we have the best teachers,” trustee Hazel Wilson said Wednesday, shortly before the board voted unanimously to approve the new agreement between the Vallejo City Unified School District and the Vallejo Education Association.
The 2.5 percent raise, retroactive to July 1, is in line with wage increases approved earlier by the board for both district managers and classified employees.
Additionally, the new contract calls for a new evaluation system for teachers, with tenured employees receiving an evaluation every other year and newer teachers receiving one on an annual basis.
“For both sides, for the district and for VEA, the two things that were really important for us to take care of this year were evaluations and collaboration, and making sure teachers are prepared to move forward with Common Core and the new curriculum,” said Janny Latno, chairperson for the Vallejo Education Association bargaining committee.