As you may know, the San Leandro Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources are maneuvering to reduce the traditional staff calendar by one day. The impact of such an action would effectively lower teachers' pay by more than one-half percent, finally making San Leandro teachers the LOWEST PAID IN ALAMEDA COUNTY.
They pulled the old "bait and switch" on the SLTA's bargaining team, coming to a deal with us at the table; then pulling the deal out from under our noses. The Assistant Superintendent explained that you, the Board, had instructed him to pull the 186-day calendar, and negotiate a calendar that had one less staff development day. When we asked him about the Board's decision, he admitted that you, the Board, had actually not taken such an action. These tactics are arbitrary and capricious. The administration is trying to shove a pay cut right down the throats of teachers.
No other neighboring school districts have enforced a furlough day for teachers. And with School Services telling districts to restore services, they're not likely to. The Assistant Superintendent has already told us at the table that he expects to withdraw most, if not all of the R.I.F. letters. In addition, there is enough money coming in to restore cuts to the counseling programs and restore Class Size Reduction to 20-1 in K-3. With the $1.6 million that the Superintendent found, the $2.25 million available in Tier 3 sweeps, and the $800,000 coming in from the federal bailout package that can be used to protect programs and jobs, you will still have a budgeting cushion in this difficult year.
Ultimately, however, the Administration cannot take this action without your approval as a Board. Do you really want to be the board that cuts staff development and knocks San Leandro teacher salaries to the lowest in Alameda County?
As the Board, the decision is yours.