10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Nearly a month after an agreement between Riverside Unified School District and the Riverside City Teachers Association for furlough days and other cuts, the school board still doesn’t like the way stipends were reduced.

Although top administrators say the negotiating teams at the bargaining table understood the stipend cuts, board members said Monday night they don’t think others did.

Board members said they hope the stipends can be renegotiated for other savings equivalent to the $210,341 when administrators and the teachers union next meet.

Although only athletic stipends were budgeted or paid for post-season competition in 2009-10, Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine said additional stipend amounts for nonathletic teams, such as band or mock trial, are affected by the agreement for 2010-11.

The agreement reached in May calls for five furlough days and a reduction in coaches’ and teachers’ stipends by 10 percent to save a total of $4.3 million. Although they approved the agreement, board members have repeatedly criticized the provision that cuts off additional stipends for coaches whose teams advance beyond the regular season.

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