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SCUSD and SCTA leadership reach tentative agreement

(edited 9:22 a.m. Tuesday, June 15)

June 14     3 p.m.    Theodore Judah

Superintendent Jonathan Raymond, SCUSD Board President Ellyne Bell and SCTA President Linda Tuttle announced in a press conference the details of a two-year contract designed to save teachers’ jobs and to keep class sizes small.

The deal includes:

  • a mutual understanding to keep K-3 class sizes small with a 1/25 ratio
  • teachers will be asked to give up the equivalent of 3 furlough days in salary. Each SCTA member will effectively pay back approximately $950 per year to the district in order to “give back” or retain teachers currently holding pink slips
  • teachers will be asked to increase their monetary contributions to their retiree health benefits packages
  • the board is being asked to consider a parcel tax measure to go on the ballot, possibly next year

SCTA’s 3000 members have not yet seen the details on paper.  SCTA volunteers will deliver the proposed contract to members beginning Tuesday morning with a final vote tally promised by late Thursday evening with announcement on Friday, June 18.

This two-year agreement will push out the previously scheduled 2011 contract negotiations for SCUSD and its teachers’ union.

Tuttle described the compromises as a “stop gap measure” to immediately bring back teachers and also to concede to parent partners’ demands for small class sizes in the elementary grades.

Raymond believes the furlough concession is a “huge part” of the agreement because roughly $2.3 million will be saved in district coffers.

Confusion surrounds the school year calendar. In separate agreements with its other bargaining units, it is reported that the District has agreed to three actual furlough days — two at Thanksgiving week and also Lincoln’s Birthday.

SCUSD Board members Roy Grimes and Jerry Houseman were also in attendance.

Ellyne Bell elected SCUSD Board President

Area 1 Representative Ellyne Bell was elected president at last night’s board meeting, succeeding Roy Grimes. Bell first ran for the board in 2004 and she won her current seat in 2006. Bell has often had to recuse herself from board discussion about the consent decree high school because she was a litigant in the original complaint.

This news of Bell’s ascension, combined with Jonathan Raymond’s “Take Risks for Kids” report leaves the Observer hopefully optimistic about SCUSD’s political future.

Written by scusdobserver

December 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Listening or lecturing?

This evening, SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond will visit the Pocket area as part of a continuing campaign of outreach to district stakeholders. Councilman Robbie Waters, Board President Ray Grimes and Raymond will partner to present the “listening and learning tour of the district” tonight at John F. Kennedy High School from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

An opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee
yesterday urged local communities to assert a “count us in” approach by informing state legislators of the “barriers that need to be removed in order to achieve dramatic turnaround of the lowest performing schools.” The feel-good ideas of reconstitution, transformation, and culture change are bandied about, yet the crux of the matter centers on a very ugly couple of words — school closures.

Today, the Bee’s editorial page is touting the “reconstitution” of Jonas Salk Middle School (San Juan Unified) as a dramatic fix to that particular school’s problems of low API scores and chronic underperformance. The editorial, in no small way, credits the miraculous and swift turnaround to performance-based pay for teachers and a corporate partnership with Apple Computer, Inc.

Do teachers really want the performance-based pay incentive?
Do parents ultimately want corporations in their public school systems?

Given the recent pressure for Race to The Top federal funding, the local competition for economic resources, and the opinion trend on the Bee’s editorial page, the question stakeholders really need to ask is:

Should we buy what you’re selling?

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Roy Grimes to Run for State Superintendent?

Pia Lopez reports in The Swarm that SCUSD Board of Trustees President Roy Grimes is forming an exploratory committee to make a possible run at Jack O’Connell’s job.

Perhaps Mr. Grimes should first explore the current political challenges in front of him. Besides the problems in the school district (budget cuts, lack of a superintendent, closures, imminent staff and teacher layoffs, etc.), Mr. Grimes obviously will have to sell himself pretty well on his list of accomplishments.

A recent editorial he wrote in the Sacramento Bee is quite the head-scratcher.

Grimes will also have to explain himself regarding the recent lawsuit against him alleging conflict of interest in awarding district contracts.

Written by scusdobserver

May 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Posted in Roy Grimes

Listening first…

On today’s opinion page in the Sacramento Bee, Roy Grimes and Susan Miller write a piece: Sac City Unified is all ears about the future.

Excerpt:

Change has to occur to meet challenging times, but this difficult period can lead to cutting-edge opportunities, new partnerships, greater transparency, more successful and innovative educational programs and stronger bonds between schools and neighborhoods.

Written by scusdobserver

February 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Roy Grimes unanimously elected board president

Ellyne Bell elected 1st Vice President
Patrick Kennedy elected 2nd Vice President
District news release
Current Board of Education Members
The December 11, 2008 Board meeting will be broadcast on Metro Cable Channel 14 on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 16 at 10:00 p.m.

Meeting Highlights

Transition:
Outgoing members honored by a 3-5 pm staff party, a 5:30- 6:30 final ”no action” closed session, a 6:30 to 8:00 public goodbyes including the former superintendent and all 08/09 board members.

Swearing in:
Very nice ceremony with lots of family and local area involvement reflective of the new board’s closer approximation of Sacramento’s diversity.

Organizational meeting:
Roy Grimes, Ellyne Bell and Patrick Kennedy all unanimously elected without a contest for president and 1st/2nd VP respectively. Roy Grimes formed new committees and appointed chairs.

Public comment:
Parent expressed concerns about a lack of stability in a teaching position.

Community engagement:
The January and February dates and sites for the 10 meetings to discuss school facilities possible rental income and probable closures was presented. The outreach and comment collection procedures were also presented.

Budget:
The First Interim Budget was presented with the staffs’ recommendation that the district state that it is in qualified financial status which means it cannot state that it will meet its financial responsibilities when projected two years out. Action on this will be on the 18th. The consequences of qualified status – mostly in terms of County oversight and Board responsibilities were shared.

The Revised Board approved budget was presented by the staff and unanimously accepted by the Board with a 70 million dollar increase in expenditures explained as categorical fund movement.

Consent Agenda:
Board approved reports on 09 Board meetings, Williams Act complaints, grants and personel transactions.

Written by scusdobserver

December 13, 2008 at 4:51 am