Laguna Beach School District Employees To Receive 4% Increase
Employees at the Laguna Beach Unified School District will receive a 4% pay rise for fiscal year 2021-2022, after a collective agreement was ratified last week.
The district has entered into an agreement with the Laguna Beach Unified Faculty Assn. May 19, signed by Sara Hopper, Association President and Bargaining Chair, and Mike Conlon, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources.
The deal was approved 5-0 at the school board meeting on June 24.
The 4% wage increase, which affects all non-temporary employees, will take effect on Thursday at the start of the new fiscal year. District public information officer Shelley Spessard said the increase includes the entire district administration, including the superintendent. Jason Viloria.
“LBUSD staff have a deep understanding of the systems necessary to meet the individual academic and socio-emotional learning needs of each student,” Board Chair Carol Normandin said in a statement. “The board is so proud of all employees for their unwavering dedication as they have worked tirelessly to develop innovative ways to ensure all students receive the best education amid our biggest education crisis. life. While an increase doesn’t seem like enough, it’s the amount that balances our commitment to fiscal solvency and a true show of support for the most important resource we have, our people.
As part of the 2020-2021 salary scale, teachers in the district received a minimum of $ 61,409 for less than 10 years of experience, a bachelor’s degree, and up to 55 semester units of graduate study. With a 4% increase, that annual salary would rise to at least $ 63,865.
Under the contract, the direct hourly rate of pay for training is $ 51.53 per hour, compared to $ 49.55 per hour. The hourly rate for other work approved by the district and performed by a bargaining unit member on a voluntary basis will now be $ 45.09, down from $ 43.36.
Viloria earned a salary of $ 292,722 in 2020-2021. He was previously on a step-by-step pay schedule where his pay would increase every year, but this year he’s getting the same 4% increase as the rest of the employees, Spessard said.
“When we ask ourselves how to provide the highest quality education and experience for our students, the answer is clear – by investing in our people,” Viloria said in a statement. “We want to recruit and retain the highest quality employees to serve our students and deeply appreciate that our Board of Directors makes this an ongoing, multi-year strategic goal. “
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