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SRVUSD board OKs 4% raises for service workers, management, upper administration

Unanimous vote comes on heels of deal with teachers union; agreement with remaining unions could be on horizon

The San Ramon Valley school board approved 4% pay raises for school district service workers, management employees and upper administration Tuesday night.

The permanent compensation increases -- applied retroactively to Jan. 1 -- will cost the district approximately $545,000 this fiscal year, according to district officials.

Board members unanimously endorsed the moves during their evening meeting in Danville -- two weeks after signing off on a similar deal with the teachers union and reportedly several hours after district negotiators and union reps reached a tentative agreement on potential raises for two other groups of classified employees.

"That increase in their buying power relieves major pressure on them and allows them to sleep better at night," Matt Lanza, field representative for the local Service Employees International Union unit, told the board Tuesday. "I want thank you for that show of faith, that reward."

SEIU Local 1021, Unit I represents just over 200 maintenance, operations, transportation and other service workers in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

The board-approved agreement between the district and Local 1021, Unit 1 calls for a 4% increase to the salary scale for all union members, with the rise of salaries and statutory benefits costing $257,772 in the 2013-14 school year.

Other provisions of the deal included updating language about overall union membership and SEIU representation on the district's Safety Committee as well as requiring the district to post applicable job vacancies for at least five business days at union work sites instead of a minimum of 10 days.

The school board also approved 4% salary increases for employees not represented by bargaining units, including management employees and administrative assistants in confidential roles. The new compensation levels will cost the district an extra $267,444 this fiscal year.

The district's top five administrators also received a 4% raise Tuesday, at a cost of about $20,000 in 2013-14.

Superintendent Mary Shelton's annual salary is now $249,600. Two of her assistant superintendents had their yearly salary bumped up to $201,628 while the third assistant superintendent and the chief business officer will each receive an annual salary of $192,027.

Board Clerk Greg Marvel, responding to an anonymous email he received that criticized the upper management raises, said, "We're not taking an action here that's any different than we've done with all the other employee groups in the district, and I wholeheartedly support it."

Other than union representation, no members of the public spoke to the board about any of the pay increases Tuesday night -- which were a part of the district's effort to raise employee salaries district-wide this year.

On March 11, the school board approved 4% raises for members of San Ramon Valley Education Association, which represents teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, librarians and speech pathologists.

Negotiators for the district and California School Employees Association units II and III on Tuesday agreed to terms on a tentative deal for 4% salary increases for those employees, pending union ratification and future school board approval, according to assistant superintendent Jessica Romeo.

CSEA Unit II represents clerical, technical, child nutrition and other classified workers while CSEA Unit III represents paraprofessionals.

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