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Superintendent Communication Regarding Status of Labor Negotiations

March 20, 2019

Dear DUSD Community,

Earlier today, we made a new formal offer to the DTA union leadership (attached) in our ongoing negotiations. Today’s offer seeks to meet DTA as closely as possible to their proposed contract terms, while ensuring the long-term fiscal health of our schools. We feel that today’s offer provides equitable pay for our dedicated teachers and allows us to have the ongoing resources to invest in critical needs like new textbooks, professional development, educational programs and services and counselors.

While there are many elements involved in bargaining, salary compensation, as is often the case, has been a primary focus area of negotiations. In order to better meet the needs of our teachers, the Board and district staff have looked to utilize future state funding increases in combination with one-time district monies (our district reserves) in order to sustain an on-going increase for teachers in the current school year. Thus, today’s offer to DTA calls for an ongoing raise of 4% for all teachers and a one-time bonus of 1%. It also adds an additional 0.5% salary increase for our longest serving teachers.

In addition, the offer includes:

  • Additional pay for additional students:
    • For elementary classes (K-5) exceeding the agreed to class size between 24 to 28 students per class depending on grade level. Teachers will receive $6.50 per student per day in excess of the negotiated class size.
    • For middle or high school, cumulative students in excess of 165 (also referred to as secondary student contacts), which is an average of 33 students per class. Teachers will receive additional compensation of $1.50 per student per day in excess of 165.
    • Special Day Class caseloads for both students with mild and moderate special needs, as well as students with moderate and severe needs.
    • Resource Specialist caseloads.
    • Speech and Language caseloads.
  • Compensation for teachers attending pre-school Special Day Class Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.
  • Implementation of Specialist Support Providers (including pay for the providers of $250 per mentee/up to four mentees).
  • Pay for completion of annual and triennial assessments.
  • Pay for teachers who are assigned to cover another classroom.

The current offer DTA has made is for a 4.5% ongoing raise and a one-time bonus of 3.5%. The school district has worked diligently and sought to find creative solutions to meet DTA’s request, making multiple wage offers in a variety of combinations or configurations in search for a fair agreement.

Finally, as you all know, we had our second mediation session yesterday. Both sides spent much of the day at mediation, as we sought to find common ground. Our hope is that today’s formal offer demonstrates our willingness to find solutions to the issues we’ve collectively identified. The offer being made today represents that work and shows our commitment to collaborating with our teachers and their union to find an equitable solution. We hope that they will review and consider the offer and work we’ve done to date in the spirit that we’ve approached these negotiations—a focus on serving our students and the ongoing educational needs of our community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Leslie Boozer
Superintendent

 

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March 15, 2019

Dear DUSD Community,

As you know from our update last Friday (3/8/19), we had a productive 12-hour first mediation session with the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA). The second mediation date has been confirmed with the DTA and the mediator for March 19th.

Additionally, you may be aware that DTA took a vote this week regarding authorization of a strike. We wanted to make sure to explain that vote and what it means. It doesn’t change or speed-up the timeline or steps that we’ve shared in the past. It also doesn’t change our confidence in our ability to collaborate with DTA and reach an equitable solution that fairly compensates our dedicated teachers while ensuring the ongoing ability of the school district to invest in other critical educational resources.

Among the additional resources that the school district is focusing on and balancing in these conversations is our need to replace old and outdated textbooks throughout the school district. While our teachers are the most important part of a quality education in our schools, they must have the most up-to-date and relevant resources necessary to teach our kids.

Many of the current textbooks in DUSD classrooms are in need of replacement. New standards, as well as new instructional methods and information demands that we buy new textbooks to remain relevant. Textbooks in all grades need to be updated if we are to meet state-mandated educational content standards as a district.

In the 2019 school year alone, we are scheduled to purchase 6000 necessary social studies textbooks for grades 6-12 to simply meet the state standards. This purchase amounts to an estimated $1.3 million for DUSD. With new textbooks, we also need to invest in the professional development and coaching of our teachers to be able to most effectively utilize the resources.

In general, a single textbook can cost anywhere from $160 to $400 each when we consider the additional associated costs, such as software licensees and other pertinent instructional materials. In addition, consumable instructional materials, such as workbooks, must be purchased at the beginning of each school year. All of these resources come at a significant cost.

In addition to new textbook purchases that keep us current with the State Adoption Cycle, DUSD also anticipates a continued growth of approximately 600-1000 new students to the district annually. Providing textbooks and instructional materials for new students is a cost the district must be prepared to meet for several years to come.

As a school district, we’ve been preparing for the cost by actively establishing dedicated reserves to pay for the district-wide change. We’ve also sought to create an adoption plan that phases in new textbooks in a way that doesn’t overly burden our teachers with additional out of classroom preparation and training. In total, we will be investing an estimated $13 million over the coming 4 years to make these changes.

A top-notch educational community starts in the classroom with our dedicated teachers. But that is only part of the puzzle. As a District, we must take a full view of our budget and our resources and balance the needs of today and the future.

As always, we want to encourage you to reach out with any questions you might have. Please don’t hesitate to email me directly at superintendent@dublinusd.org or visit http://bit.ly/DUSD-Labor.

Sincerely,

Dr. Leslie Boozer

Superintendent, Dublin Unified School District

 

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March 5, 2019

Dear DUSD Community,

Over the past several months, the Dublin Unified School District leadership and leaders of the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) have been engaged in productive conversations and negotiations regarding a new contract for our dedicated teachers. We share in the goals of ensuring equitable compensation for our teachers. We have been motivated by achieving equitable pay, while also safeguarding the district’s current and future fiscal health, from day one. It is a motivation that we know our teachers share, and a commitment that we know will help us reach a fair and fiscally sound agreement. To that end, we want to ensure the community is informed about where negotiations currently stand.

Late last month, DTA requested that contract negotiations move to a stage known as impasse. While impasse sounds final, in reality we continue to have many opportunities for discussion and agreement. The next step is mediation, which is set for Thursday, March 7th. It is our hope that a neutral mediator will help assist us in resolving any outstanding differences. To ensure you understand the current status of negotiations and next steps, as well as the process moving forward, a fact sheet is attached to this letter.

Negotiations are about shared values and common ground. We at the district remain committed to working together with DTA to reach an agreement based on our shared values. I know that no one wants the harm a strike causes students, staff and families. As superintendent, I will continue to do everything in my power to avoid that harm and reach a mutually-acceptable agreement.

The district is charged with the long-term health of our schools. We are often faced with difficult decisions given limited and often unpredictable state dollars. Yet, throughout this process, we’ve been guided by the principle of providing ongoing competitive raises and equitable compensation for our teachers.

We know that understanding school funding and finances is often confusing and unclear. As we move through these ongoing conversations, our commitment is to communicate clearly and often about both our financial picture and the future health of our schools.  We are committed to sending out weekly status updates.  These updates will come out within 24 hours of any action in the impasse process or each Friday depending upon which is first. Our goal is to ensure you have as much information as possible.

We welcome and appreciate your engagement as parents and members of our community. If you have any questions for me, please contact me at superintendent@dublinusd.org.

Sincerely,

Dr. Leslie Boozer 
Superintendent, Dublin Unified School District

For more information, please see the attached document: Impasse Factsheet