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ACUSD Not Only District Wrangling With Teacher Pay Issues

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slide18Amador County Unified School District is not only the district currently embroiled in labor negotiations with their teachers union over salaries and benefits. Many of the districts’ so called “comparable districts” are facing the same issues; negotiating in tough financial times. Amador County teachers were offered salary increases of 3.5 percent. The local teachers unions, Amador County Teacher’s Association (ACTA) and the Special Educator’s Association (SEAC) both rejected the offer. In Calaveras County the picture is similar in some districts with teachers in the Vallecito Union School District rejecting a 6.5 percent increase.  In Tuolumne County the Twain Harte-Longbarn district, a district plagued with declining enrollment the teachers asked for 4.5 percent but according to district officials maybe only looking at 2 percent and in the event the district receives more state funding the agreement would funnel some of that to the teachers.
slide19 slide20 Else where in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, County teachers have reached settlement with salary increase agreements ranging between 6 and 7.5 percent. The Summerville Union High School District will receive a 7.2 percent increase while their Elementary District teachers will receive 7.5 percent. The Sonora High School District has settled on around 6 percent as did Calaveras County’s Mark twin  Union Elementary teachers. Like Amador County  Unified several other Calaveras and Tuolumne County Districts remain in negotiations. Amdor County Unified Officials were told this winter by their auditor Stephen Roach Accountancy that their deficit spending cycle must end, budget cuts implemented and that they could not afford much in the way of salary increases.
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