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80 percent of teacher jobs saved

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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Many Rocklin teachers recently gave a sigh of relief – their jobs have been saved. With a Memorandum of Understanding between the Rocklin Unified School District and the Rocklin Teachers Professional Association, the number of pending certificated layoffs will be reduced by 80 percent, saving the district approximately $800,000. Following meetings between RUSD members and RTPA, a vote was brought to RTPA members and approved with an “overwhelming yes,” RTPA President Mary Dick said. The final vote amounted to 381 to 75 in favor of the agreement. The jobs will be saved through teachers taking four furlough days for the 2009-10 school year. Three of the days will be during staff development days in February 2010, while the last will be the last contract day of the school year, according to the MOU document. “It’s good news,” Dick said at Tuesday’s school board meeting. “It was a very collaborative effort. I think in these very difficult times, it was a very positive move.” Board members were thankful for the agreement, but are still looking at ways to save the remaining teachers. In March, 106.7 full timeequivalent certificated employees of RUSD received preliminary reduction in force notices. A total of 9.59 FTE certificated employees will still receive layoff notices by June 12. Dick and board members said they will continue to work toward an agreement to save those jobs as well. “This is really good news for a lot of folks,” board member Steve Paul said. “But we’ve got to remember there are still nine folks still on this list.” Board President Todd Lowell agreed the district would work to find a way to save all jobs. “There is unanimous support up here to do all that we can to bring all of you back,” he said. Placer Herald’s Lauren Weber can be reached at laurenw@goldcountrymedia.com.