District and teachers reach agreement

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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After more than a year-long dispute over teacher’s salaries, a tentative agreement was reached between the Rocklin Unified School District and the Rocklin Teachers Professional Association. A fact-finding meeting was held Sept. 25 with a three-person panel and representatives from RUSD and RTPA. At the meeting, a three-year contract settlement was reached, giving teachers a 4 percent increase to the salary schedule retroactive to April 2008 for the 2007-08 school year. For the 2008-09 school year, there will be a $25 monthly increase to the employee benefits cap starting this month, and an additional 0.68 percent salary enhancement effective mid-year. For the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, teachers’ salaries will increase by the state’s Funded Base Revenue Limit minus 1 percent. The contract will go to the Board of Education Oct. 15 for approval. “Both sides worked hard to find a middle ground,” Superintendent Kevin Brown said. The agreement meets the needs of the teachers and remains within the district’s budget, Brown said. Board President Steve Paul agreed, calling this a “win-win situation.” “We’re excited that both sides decided to come to an agreement,” Paul said. “Now we’re looking forward to a really good year.”