The San Ramon Valley school board is set to meet in closed session with the district's bargaining team Tuesday evening to talk about upcoming labor negotiations with the district's three employee unions.
Listed as the only business on the meeting agenda, the board will conduct a closed-door conference with assistant superintendent of human resources Keith Rogenski and the district's leadership team to discuss negotiations with the San Ramon Valley Education Association (SRVEA), California School Employees Association (CSEA) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
The special meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district administrative complex, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.
People can attend the beginning of the meeting and offer public comment when the board first convenes Tuesday evening before the board then adjourns into closed session -- which is not open to the public. Any action taken in closed session must be announced in open session afterward.
This marks the first round of labor contract talks under new district superintendent Rick Schmitt, who took the reins in July after previous superintendent Mary Shelton retired.
Last school year, members of all three unions -- as well as other eligible district employees -- received a 5.07% permanent compensation increase and a one-time payment worth 4% of their annual salary after labor negotiations. It is district practice to offer the same compensation increases to all employees.
The deals were reached after the district first settled with the SRVEA teachers union, an agreement that followed months of bargaining talks and several school board meetings packed with dozens of teachers in shows of support for their union negotiators as the two sides stood split on salary increases.
The 2015-16 SRVEA agreement included a 5.07% salary increase for union members (consisting of a 5% raise and 0.07% district contribution to the SRVEA Retirees Benefits Trust) and a one-time payment to the employees worth 4% of their annual salary, plus other incentives.
In addition to teachers, SRVEA also represents district counselors, nurses, psychologists, librarians and speech pathologists.
On the classified-employee side, the agreement with SEIU Local 1021 -- which represents maintenance, operations, transportation and other service workers -- featured a permanent salary raise of 4.54%, a 0.53% district contribution to the SEIU Retiree Benefits Trust and a one-time 4% bonus.
The CSEA Chapter 65 has two different units representing district classified employees: Unit II represents clerical, technical, child nutrition and other classified workers in the district, and Unit III represents paraprofessionals.
The agreement with CSEA Unit II called for a 5.07% pay raise retroactive to July 1, a 0.14% redirection of district funds contributed on the unit's behalf from the CSEA Retired Employee Benefits Plan and Trust to the salary schedule and a 4% one-time bonus. The deal with CSEA Unit III featured a 5.07% permanent salary increase and a 4% bonus, among other provisions.
The board last year also approved a 5.07% salary increase and a 4% one-time payment for all confidential supervisory employees and management not represented by bargaining units. Shelton and her upper administration received a 5.07% salary bump in 2015-16.