June 29, 2010 > District and teachers reach tentative contract agreement
District and teachers reach tentative contract agreement
Submitted By Assistant Superintendent, Steve Betando
On June 24, the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA) reached a tentative contract agreement for the 2010-2011 school year. The agreement reduces the impact of the State budget cuts on the classroom and helps the District maintain a fiscally responsible budget in an era of severe budget cuts in California.
The bargaining teams have come together in this crisis to face these challenges with honest and open dialogue, recognizing that these cuts are difficult for all parties. Fiscal problems faced today will continue in future years and cannot be resolved in one year.
"These are difficult times financially for public education. However, I want to thank FUDTA's leadership for collaborating with us for the sake of our students' education. This contract agreement ensures that all students in this District receive a quality education that will allow each and every one to reach their fullest potential despite the State's current budget crisis," said Lara York, Board President, Fremont Unified School District.
Highlights of the agreement include:
Kindergarten through third grade classes will have 28 students.
Six unpaid furlough days for teachers, a reduction in the school year by three instructional days (November 12, June 16 and 17), and the elimination of three teacher non-instructional days (November 22, 23 and February 18).
Maintaining 50 percent of subject matter specialists for music, physical education, and/or science for elementary students.
Salaries will be reduced by 3.21 percent for substitute, adult school, and preschool teachers, and extra duty stipends.
Spring Open House nights will be optional and determined by faculty vote.
"We remain committed to our primary mission, a quality education for every student and a diploma in every hand regardless of these tough financial times," said FUSD Superintendent Dr. Milt Werner. "The new contract will allow our staff to focus on our goal without distractions: Improving the education of our students."
"I especially want to thank teachers for making a personal sacrifice. The unpaid furlough days mean smaller paychecks. Everyone in public education is making difficult choices," said Brannin Dorsey, President of FUDTA. "Along with the Board of Education, parents, and others in the community, we are putting our students first."
Fremont Unified School District is comprised of 42 schools including 1 preschool, 28 elementary, 5 junior high, 6 high schools, an adult school, and the Mission Valley ROP. We serve over 31,000 students, over 8,000 adult students and have 3,000 classified and certificated staff. Our mission is to provide equitable opportunities that educate, challenge, and inspire students of all ages, talents, and ability levels while preparing each with the skills required to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world. For more information visit us on the web at www.fremont.k12.ca.us.