Dr. Sherri Beetz, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and John Green, CVTA president, jointly announced, “We are extremely pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached between the Castro Valley Unified School District and the Castro Valley Teachers Association. The agreement allows the district to maintain quality programs and increase teacher compensation.”
The district has experienced over five years of reduced funding due to the state budget crises. During this difficult time, the District attempted to maintain staff and programs to the extent possible in order to continue to provide a quality education for all students. The state revamped their funding model which has created many “unknowns” regarding the district’s level of funding for this year and subsequent years. As a result of these unknowns, the negotiations process was more complicated and took longer than usual. In spite of the unknowns, the District and CVTA worked together to reach agreement on contract language. The tentative agreement includes: • Maintaining K-3 class size at 25:1 • Providing a 3% salary increase • Increasing employee health benefits to $6000 • Clarifying contract language in the areas of: - Staff development and collaboration focused on curriculum, instruction and the Common Core State Standards - Secondary and Special Education teacher prep periods. - Elementary conference schedules - Continuation of development of a two-year calendar - Leaves of absences – personal necessity leave, jury duty leave, bereavement leave, and child rearing leave
CVTA will be presenting the tentative agreement to its members over the next two weeks. Upon ratification of the tentative agreement by the CVTA membership and a review of the fiscal implications by the Alameda County Office of Education, the tentative agreement will be presented to the Board of Education for approval.