Four furlough days to save district about $3M

Employee conessions help, but schools expecting $10M deficit in 2012-13

As the deadline for delivering final layoff notices to teachers approaches, the school district and teachers' union has come up with a tentative agreement to try to save positions as well as staffing and counseling ratios.

An agreement between the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and the San Ramon Valley Education Association (SRVEA) has been reached for the 2010-11 school year, with a ratification expected by today.

According to the district, the SRVEA bargaining unit members will take four furlough days in the next school year. These include two instructional days and two staff development days. A revised instructional calendar is expected to be released by May 30.

The total savings to the district for the furlough days would be about $3 million, according to district spokesman Terry Koehne. For the teachers alone, not including classified staff, the savings is $2.2 million.

Also included in the agreement, the district has said it will maintain middle and high school staffing and counseling ratios as in the current year.

Superintendent Steven Enoch has called this agreement "equitable," adding that preserving jobs "has always been our highest priority throughout this process, and I am hopeful that these employee concessions will allow us to rescind the vast majority of our layoff notices."

Koehne said the teachers' union negotiations took a few months and were "more difficult than normal."

"As long as I've been here, we've never mentioned the words 'furlough days,'" he said. "This is an agreement that while we are pleased that it's going to mean that we will be able to preserve jobs, no one's really celebrating this. [People are going to work for less money next year and that's certainly not something we're celebrating."

The deadline to send final notices of layoff to certifi Ken Mintz said the district delivered about 170 notices of possible layoff in March and they he's hopeful that the board will come up with solutions to rescind most of those notices.

The governor's budget revision is expected to be released May 14. The timing is difficult, Koehne said, as final staff decisions will likely need to be made Tuesday night, before having a clearer picture of the budget.

"We're treating this as not just a one-year situation, this is a multi-year problem," he said. "If all things remain the same as far as the financial outlook and with our growth projection, we're still looking at $10 million deficit in 2012-13."

"This is a one-year agreement, so we'll be back at the table again next year," he continued. "I think think that people understand that by employees sharing the burden, it means that we're able to preserve jobs and that's been our highest priority."


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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on May 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

It would be really nice if the teachers were to continue to teach on their furlough days so that the kids wouldn't be short changed by the adults lack of budgetary restraint!

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Emily,

Let's ask Steve and Terry if administrators are going to match the four furlough days by taking time off without pay? Then if your readers wish to invite teachers to work those days without pay there will be some equity offered by the administrators by working four days without pay.

That also raises the issue of administrators' raises that are part of their current contracts. May we expect those administrators to defer those raises in respect for teachers' loss of income?

Ralph without ROLF

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Posted by teacher
a resident of Alamo
on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm

It is funny that you would ask us teachers to continue working on a day we DON'T get paid. Why is it that you always want the teachers to take the hit? With these days off, we take a hit in our salarys.

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

In repose to unsigned ("teacher, resident of Alamo") -

I guess the answer to your question lies in whether your orientation is to teach and get paid for it or get paid and teach for it!

I can't even count the days (evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays) when I have put in on the job for which I didn't get paid.


P.S . "It is funny that you would ask us teachers....." ain't good english. Try leaving the "us" off it is a redundant pronoun!

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

One would think that it is time to move some people out and make others step up to the plate. Their hands must be tied pretty good or should I say the rope is around their neck. I am refering to Koehne.

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Posted by School Parent
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

As someone that worked without pay for 14 weeks last year as part of my company's furlough program the SRV school district employees should happily work the 4 days without pay. This applies to teachers, administators, janitors every district employee.

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Emily,

Response in brief from SRVUSD:

Administrators are also taking four furlough days – that group decided to give concessions long before any negotiations were final. One administrator has already taken 21 furlough days this year and will do the same next year by agreeing to have the work year reduced.

Administrators under contract have no raises built in for next year.


Let's applaud administrators, teachers and staff for their efforts during this continuing fiscal crisis.

Ralph without ROFL

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Posted by LkF
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Why Duffy is it "always" the teachers...

What about holding Sacramento accountable for this mess. Don't know why anyone would want to go into teaching today honestly.

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