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New Haven Teachers Agree to Pay Cut, Additional Furlough Days to Restore Programs

Classified employees and administrators reached identical but tentative agreements. The cuts will allow music and co-curricular programs to be restored.

Faced with a $12 million budget deficit and the , teachers, classified employees and administrators in the New Haven Unified School District are “making sacrifices for students.”

According to a press release issued Tuesday morning, teachers voted Monday to take nine furlough days, an additional 1-percent pay cut and a one-year freeze on “step-and-column” raises for the 2012-13 school year.

Classified employees and administrators made tentative, identical agreements as well, the district reports.

According to the district, members of the New Haven Teachers Association voted 258 to 76 in favor of the adjustments to their contracts. The furlough days and slight pay cut will cost the average teacher almost $7,500, the press release states.

“This is an extraordinary effort on the part of our teachers, and I applaud our classified employees and administrators for their cooperation as well,” Superintendent Kari McVeigh said. “I hope the community realizes what a tremendous sacrifice these people are making for the sake of our children.”

The agreements reached by classified employees and administrators are pending approval by the California School Employees Association and the New Haven Administrators Association. Next Tuesday, the Board of Education will vote to approve the agreements.

Middle school electives, elementary school specialists restored

The agreements reached by staff and administrators will allow the district to continue offering middle school electives and keep most of the elementary school specialists for science, music and physical education, according to the district.

In addition, almost a quarter of library services will resume in middle and high schools. The district will also continue to pay for two-thirds of the funding for afterschool sports, band and forensics programs.

All of the aforementioned programs and services were previously on the chopping block when the district issued for teachers and classified staff in March.

Under the new agreements, the school year will remain at 175 days as it was during the 2011-12 school year, which is still five days fewer than in previous years, the district said. As a result, staff will give up four additional workdays. For teachers, that includes two preparation days at the beginning of the school year, a mid-year grading day and a day at the end of the year.

Salary increase freeze could cost teachers thousands

The agreement with the New Haven Teachers Association also includes a one-year freeze on “step-and-column” salary increases, a common salary schedule that allows teachers to receive automatic annual pay increases based on work experience and educational advancement.

“Depending on their job, length of service and other factors, employees will be sacrificing several thousand dollars each to help the District maintain as much of its core academic program as possible in 2012-13,” McVeigh said.

In its press release, the district cited the following example:

For example, a teacher with 10 years of experience and 60 units of additional college credit, would earn nearly $7,500 less in 2012-13 than he or she would have earned in 2010-11, the year before employees were forced to take days off without pay.

“This isn’t pizza money that our employees are giving up,” McVeigh said. “This is the monthly car payment, a big chunk of the mortgage, child-care costs or maybe a college tuition payment.”

Despite the sacrifices teachers, staff and administrators are making, the $12 million deficit is still a huge blow to the district.

According to the press release, about 30 teachers will lose their jobs and K-2 classrooms will increase to a 30-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

“Despite the significant sacrifice that teachers are making, our schools won’t be what we had hoped for our students,” James Logan High School teacher and NHTA President Charmaine Banther said. “The school year is shorter than it should be, our youngest students are in classes of 30, and our library services have been reduced. Our children deserve better.”

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Jack Herrington June 13, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Got my attention? Not really, unless you can actually deliver on that. Which you can't. So no.
Harriet June 13, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Stop focusing on teacher salaries. I bring home about 50% of what my listed salary is. Deduct health care, including mandatory delta dental, union dues, and mandatory retirement etc, etc. I am not whining, but stop making us the target. Teachers did not create the current situation. . Did I have a choice in what was on the table? No, I couldn't pick and choose. Let us not forget that management ok'd these contracts. And no, we have no say in District office salaries. The thing you need to focus on and what we teachers focus on is what is happening to our kids. MY WORK ENVIRONMENT IS OUR CHILDRENS LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. In the last 4 years I have seen my class size go from 28-32 kids to 36 -42. Paraprofessionals have been cut, not all of special ed kids are covered in all classes. There are no english language learner aids, though you may have children with no English in mainstream classes. Custodial services have been cut. And now next year there will be no libraries. This will be the 3rd year in a row that there will be no summer school programs. We have electives, but, depending on the state funding there could be more drastic cuts come November. Stop making teachers the target, we have been picking up the slack, working extra hours for no pay to get the job done. Paying out of our own pockets for classroom materials. Doing the best we can to make sure that our kids and your kids don't suffer more than they have to.
Tim June 13, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Deduct, deduct, deduct.... seems to be a common talking point. Why are we deducting these things? Who's medical, dental, pension are we talking about here? I thought these were your benefits? You say "deduct" these things like they aren't for you or like the money funding them grows on trees. It's an expense to the district and the taxpayer. Go work in the private sector. Sure you'll likely make more money, but you won't find an employer anywhere offering these benefits.
Tim June 13, 2012 at 05:15 AM
You say: "And now next year there will be no libraries." The NHUSD says: "In addition, almost a quarter of library services will resume in middle and high schools." So who's the liar? You, or the NHUSD?
Tim June 13, 2012 at 05:32 AM
San Jose was forced into Measure B because pension payouts were up to 27% of their budget. I don't know what it is here in Union City, and the NHUSD would be a separate issue from UC employees but government sector employee pensions are a huge unfunded liability and a huge reason this state can't get out of the huge hole it is in. Scott Walker with his union reforms in Wisconsin took s 3.8 billion dollar deficit and turned it into a 120 million surplus. More and more GOP governors will follow suit, and their state economies will rebound while places like CA will lag behind the rest of these responsible states in economic growth.
Pendragon June 13, 2012 at 05:44 AM
No, a parcel tax in November might be a really good idea. In local elections, "No" votes are generally more motivated to come out and vote. They're mad as hell, don't want to take any more, all that TP stuff... But national elections attract a wider swathe of the electorate. Obama versus Romney is likely to be close, so the Dems will be out in force. And they're way likelier than fiscal conservatives to vote "Yes" on a parcel tax for education. Last two ballot measures failed -- narrowly -- in June, but a similar proposal might have much better luck in November, as the undercard to the Obama-Romney bout. But I'm troubled by the fact that UC voters were warned that educational services would be cut if Measure H failed -- and that didn't happen. Instead, the teachers' pay was cut. The contract agreement was announced so quickly after Measure H that it must have been negotiated even before the election. Which suggests that both sides knew beforehand that services weren't actually going to be cut. As an NHUSD employee and union member, I have to disown this. This kind of tactic really calls our credibility into question next time. Teachers, who are UC residents and parents of school-age kids, were genuinely worried about services being cut for their own children. But what they really should have been worrying about is next year's pay-checks. Who knew? Someone did...
Tim June 13, 2012 at 06:12 AM
You could be right about another parcel tax but factor that against the fact that voters know that there's a cost to keep putting these measure up on the ballot, plus your consultants that the paid thousands to try to pass it, and the fact that you already swung and missed twice. Do you really want to strike out swinging so soon after the last defeat? You also bring up an excellent point about the deal that was just worked out. The threats were all empty after all. It was just a matter of who would blink first and who would make the first sacrifice. I'm proud of the unions for making these concessions BUT, in case it's a scam for another parcel tax, I am going to hold off making my $180 donation until August 10. Why August 10? That's the deadline to file a measure with ROV to be on the November 2012 ballot .
Frank Mockery June 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Republican policies have bankrupted America & then their callous & clueless supporters take it out on working people. With income & payroll taxes at an all time low they want to cheat hard working folks out of the salaries & benefits they've negotiated for in good faith for decades. This was obviously their plan all along. They can't eliminate the things they disagree with through the legislative process so they cut taxes to the point where they can't afford them anymore. The 2/3 rd majority needed to pass Measure H made it unlikely to succeed,but contrary to most of the comments it had the support of the majority of Union City voters. Those opposed may be your neighbors,but let's make it clear their certainly not your friends ! Don't ever forget who your friends really are & there not Republicans ! That's why we elect Democrats year in & year out here,it's that simple. We understand the issues & we care about our neighbors & their children & greedy,selfish Republicans don't !
Timothy Swenson June 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
"The 2/3 rd majority needed to pass Measure H made it unlikely to succeed,but contrary to most of the comments it had the support of the majority of Union City voters." 2/3 majority is state law on all matters that apply to a new tax, no matter who sponsors the measure. If you have an issue with that, talk with the State Legislature. The other way to interpret what you are saying is that the NHUSD know up front that Measure H was doomed for failure and a total waste of money to put on the ballot. BTW, I'm a Republican and I did vote for Measure H. Hence, I have disproven your theory.
Frank Mockery June 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
You mean you're a RINO ! Don't look now,but your party has disowned you ! I'm aware of state law,my point being that contrary to the caustic comments of those opposed to Measure H (or Preperation H as Tim lovingly referred to it) was supported by a majority of Union City voters. Further if it appeared on the ballot this November with no Republicans in competitive races & a larger turn-out it would have had a much better chance of passage. Remember a significant number of voters would rather see parks,libraries & firehouses close than pay a nickel more in taxes,in fact they have !
Jill Baer June 13, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thank you for commenting on the classified employees...They also are taking the furlough days and the pay cut. They make the lowest of anybody and have not gotten a raise for years....I think that perhaps there should be cuts at the district office where the highest paid employees are.
Jill Baer June 13, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It isn't just the teachers who are sacrificing...The classified employees who are by far the lowest paid are also taking the same salary reductions...What about reducing the higher paid employees at the district office for a change?
Tim June 13, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I was wondering when "Frank Mockery" aka "Brash Brazen" aka "Summer Hemphill" would chime in. As usual it's a day or three late and a buck or ten short. Of course working people are hurting you fool. Most of us are nonunion and private sector but we've been seeing our incomes slashed for years under the Obama depression. We're not the damn rich you fool. Why don't you stick to whatever patch site city you live in. We know you don't live in Union City. So why don't you go elsewhere or at least stick to commenting on your marijuna. Seems to be the only think you have a clue on.
Frank Mockery June 14, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Thanks once again for noting my greatness & as always representing the minority view of the conservative right ! There's no reasoning with Tim & as usual he can't dispute nor disprove my credible observations. Attacking the messenger is the last resort of the intellectually deficient & morally corrupt. And insofar as to where I keep my pillow never forget that my views are far more representative of most Union City voters than yours ! I'm sure Brash Brazen & Summer Hemphill would agree ! Most Union City voters have never heard of the Patch or bother to read it at all. From all of the negative comments about Measure H you'd think an overwhelming majority of voters were against it when in fact over six of ten voters favored it. Someone has to speak up for the majority of your neighbors who disagree with you vehemently,but never comment in this forum. Democrats rule you Republican fool !
Davis June 14, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Where is Jack?, SummerFallWinterSpring is slamming our Hero Tim again, Time for the Newark City Council to move in?
Tim June 14, 2012 at 02:51 AM
"Frank", you may want to seek some medical attention for your Schizophrenia. We all know that "Summer Hemphill", "Brash Brazen", and "Bong Sativa" are just your other personalities. Your writing style and obsession with marijuana make it a dead giveaway. I'm glad my NO vote on Measure H cancelled out 2 Yes votes. I'm even happier that YOU didn't have a vote at all. The reason conservatives are a minority here is because many have gotten the hell out of CA due to the damage you liberal fools have inflicted. Enjoy your Democrat "rule" in CA because it's about the only place left other than New England and my hometown NY that is. The rest of the country has rejected your far left statist views, even the blue state of Wisconsin. 1-20-13 "End of O-B-A-M-A... One Big Ass Mistake, America!
God Bless America June 14, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Teachers in Fremont do not have full health insurance paid by the district. The teachers voted years ago to take the benefits on the pay line and buy their own. This allows families with 2 workers to pocket the benefit money from one. That's fine but it was their decision. You can also look at teachers salary on a website that posted in the paper a while back. Teachers are very well paid. So are the SRO's in Fremont. I will post the website when I find it again.
God Bless America June 14, 2012 at 04:08 AM
What do Republican policies have to do with this? But since you brought it up...It is not Republican policies that have bankrupted America, it is the socialist, Marxist policiies put forth by the Democrats. Maybe your President could put some of our money he is spending flying back and forth to California for expensive fund raisers into our schools. How does that sound? Get your head out of the sand. Let's get some personal responsibility. Let's get the government out of my business and my pocket. If parents would return to being parents and demanding their children do what they are supposed to do our teachers jobs would be easier and one could teach a larger class. The disruptive kids whose parents think their kids do no wrong have helped to ruin our schools.
Tim June 14, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Frank Mockery apparently miss the November 2010 elections that kicked 65 Democrats out of the US House and ripped the gavel out of the Wicked Witch's wrinkled hands. He also still hasn't gotten over Scott Walker's 7 point win in Wisconsin after screaming for months on the Wisconsin Patch sites that Walker was going to be thrown out. Haha, how did that go for you "Frank"? Yes, let "Frank" keep drinking the cool aid because January 20, 2013 is the end of Obummer. I was listening to Mark Levin Show yesterday and he was playing a Regan reelection ad from 1984... it was a pro-American, positive ad about his successful record in his first term. Why haven't I seen so much as ONE positive ad from Obama's team? Hint: He's been an utter failure and can't run on a failed record.
Frank Mockery June 14, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Anyone who doesn't know the difference between pseudonyms & personalities isn't worth the time & breath that it would take to explain it to them ! Don't look now,but your stupidity is showing again ! Thanks for recognizing that unlike your droll & inane commentary my writing has "style",I couldn't have put it better myself. It's the recognition of my many fans that make commenting on this forum worthwhile,but just knowing that you read them makes them even more gratifying to me !!
Tim June 14, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Speaking of the prefix "pseudo" I think it's clear you are a pseudo-intellectual with the IQ of a cumquat. I'm well aware of what a pseudonym is but in your case it seems more like multiple personalities. Why don't you pick one and stick with it and stop trying to convince people that there are more freaks out there with your point of view? Most of us know that your collection of "pseudonyms" is the same deranged individual.
Tim June 14, 2012 at 07:00 AM
And by the way "Frank", anyone who doesn't know the difference between "there", "their", and "they're" isn't "worth the time and breath it would take to explain it to them! Don't look now, but your stupidity is showing again"!
Edward June 14, 2012 at 07:53 AM
The problem with the "Fixed per parcel" Tax is it hurts the poor and lower middle class wage earners trying to keep their homes. A .05% of Assesed Value of property Tax for schools would make more sense. A home assessed at $200,000 would pay $100.00 per year. A home assessed at $500,000.00 would pay $250.00 per year. An appartment complex of 100 units assessed at $ 8,000,000.00 would pay $4,000.00 per year or $40.00 per appartment where children who use the Schools live and would be paid by the parents of those children as the tax was passed along in the rents. Non residential real estate like wharehouses, businesses and Retailers (like wal-mart) would also pay but at .02% of assessed Value to give back to the community. No Exceptions for Seniors or Disabled because they already get a reduced assessment Value anyway from the county and there would be no confusing forms to fill out for the exemption. This form of progressive tax could be kept in the district and not sent to the State or shared with the county just like Measures "B" and" H" and would have an oversite committee. As Assements go up, so would the tax to cover future inflation. It could also be for 20 years like the Bond Issues we have ans if the district paid off the old Bonds with the lower current interest rate on New Bonds to replace them, the "School Bond" portion of your tax bill would be reduced and the new "parcel education tax" would be offset for most homes assessed under $300,000.00.
Edward June 14, 2012 at 08:04 AM
How many here would vote for this plan when they voted against measure "H"? Does this plan sound more fair when it is based on ability to pay and shared resonsability based on ability to pay? I found Measure "H" flawed because we would only get one chance at a "TAX" and Measure "H" was too little, to few people would pay it, was not going to last long enough and made seniors fill out rediculus forms every year when they have grandfathered in low assessments anyways, so, on a percentage form of tax, they would pay very little anyways.
Jack Herrington June 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The correct spelling is 'kumquat'.
Sigma Paul June 14, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Can we stop fighting here and see the point? Teachers and students suffer, all because the admins mishandle everything. The citizens don't want to give free money through Measure H, yet they want to keep all the EC programs. Why not cut band and all the EC, and see how the people react and pass measure H easily?
Jack Herrington June 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I see your point and I do think that legitimately cutting those programs with a funding measure to restore them would certainly get that measure passed. But in the short term it would extremely destructive to kids, to the teachers and to the programs. It's far easier to cut stuff than to restore it. There simply are no 'easy solutions' here. Measure H was a stop-gap measure to simply inject more money into the system. What's really sad is that the worst is still to come if the Jerry Brown "Millionaire Tax" doesn't pass. We could be looking at 20 additional furlough days.
Frank Mockery June 14, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I'm sure that since the majority of Union City residents don't share Tim's right-wing viewpoint on local & national issues his angry tirades toward me are quite amusing to Patch readers. It's embarassing & clueless spokesmen like Tim who are our biggest asset when they help drive more voters from the ranks of the California GOP into the Democratic Party. When your party is unable to produce viable candidates for office slandering elected officials & their supporters is apparently your only recourse. Tim likes to make a lot of noise to compensate for the fact that his heinous agenda is the minority point of view in his hometown. Fortunately everyone knows who Tim is & what he represents,so his bombastic blustering is taken with a grain of salt by Union City voters ! Anytime I can get a rabid response from Tim it makes my day a little brighter,so keep making those childish comments as they make everyone elses look so much more intelligent in comparison to yours ! You make Orly Taitz look like a member of Mensa & that's virtually impossible ! In closing keep in mind that if Tim is in favor of something the vast majority of his neighbors are sure to oppose it,so if you disagree with him you're on the winning side ! Keep attacking us,we love it !!!
Tamerlane June 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
People get the kind of government they deserve. A population of looters elect a corrupt and venal Legislature which promises to "bring home the bacon". Cannibals elect Cannibal Kings. You know who you are.
Jack Herrington June 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Our schools have been an excellent resource for a community and a draw for people looking for a great place to raise their kids. Over the past several years we have had a growing and now very serious issue with the funding of these schools. This is a real problem that is not a game. People on both 'sides' have been using this board as a place to play hyper-partisan political games. The kids deserve better than that. They expect us to act like adults, work together and to come up with solutions to this real problem in our community. Can we please stop with the name calling and insults and start talking about actual solutions to these issues?

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