Deal includes furlough, cuts
July 27, 2010 5:41 PM
HESPERIA • The Hesperia Unified School District and Hesperia Teachers Association have apparently resolved their differences and have reached a three-year agreement, officials said Tuesday.
The tentative agreement includes nine furlough days (an effective salary cut of almost 5 percent), 1 percent pay cut and 2 percent savings on other monetary benefits for teachers.
And, perhaps most importantly, there is language that tells teachers what will happen in the future, depending on what happens with the state’s financial picture.
“Should state finances get better, there’s restoration language,” and the salary cuts will be eliminated in steps. “Should they get worse, there’s protection language that means they’ll take more of a cut,” said Superintendent Mark McKinney.
The superintendent said he would be “more than happy” to offer a restoration guarantee to other employee groups, which signed cost-cutting agreements with the district earlier in the year.
“I would have loved to have settled this months and months ago,” said McKinney. “It’s not been easy, by any stretch. These are difficult, difficult times. Long after people forget what was done, they will remember how it was done.”
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