Members of the Riverbank teachers Association and the Riverbank Unified School District recently reached agreement on some contract negotiations.
At the last board meeting in April, the board of trustees approved the agreement with the RTA which included:
Six Furlough Days for 2013-14 and 2014-15 which will equal a 3.3 percent reduction in salary. The Riverbank Unified School District plans to have 176 student instructional days for the next two years, which is down from the current 180 day student calendar.
The kindergarten program expanded to a full-day program.
The early retirement incentive has been extended to a deadline of May 10, 2013.
They will also be rescinding several layoff notices that were issued.
“This agreement will equate to several thousand dollars of savings over the next couple of years and gives the District some time to recover from declining enrollment and a sluggish state economy,” said School District Superintendent Dr. Daryl Camp. “We will continue to look for ways to balance our budget in the next few school years.”
District officials were pleased that the agreement will help ‘pull back’ some of the layoff notices that were issued in mid-March. At that time, a dozen teachers throughout the district were issued lay-off notices but had the possibility to be recalled to service. An additional eight teachers took advantage of the early retirement incentive that the school district offered. Camp did not provide specifics on the recall, but said some of the layoff notices were pulled back, with the teachers able to come back to the district for the 2014-2014 school year.