LMUTA and LMUSD met and exchanged proposals today. The unaudited actuals were approved by the school board last night. After a lot of discussion regarding these numbers and the consideration of declining enrollment, we reached a tentative agreement. Reaching an agreement early in the year allows us to return to the table in October to move forward with negotiations regarding the 2020/2021 contract. We will hold a General Meeting on September 12, at 3:30 pm at the LMUTA office (554 Camino Mercado, Arroyo Grande) to discuss the details of the tentative agreement. The following is the exact language agreed upon:
Tentative Agreement — September 4, 2019
The parties have reached agreement resolving negotiations for 2019-2020 as follows:
ARTICLE VI – HOURS OF WORK
A. The standard workday for unit members shall be seven (7) hours and thirty (30) minutes inclusive of a thirty (30) minute duty-free lunch period.
The minimum grade 4-6 instructional day is established as 305 minutes.
Effective 2018-2019, all sites shall schedule a late-arrival or early-release day for students per week. For 10 of these days, unit members shall have approximately one hour for self-directed planning and/or collaboration. On all other days, unit members shall have approximately one hour for school-wide professional development and department, grade level, and staff meetings. Special education teachers may engage in self-directed professional duties on these days except that a site may schedule professional development specifically designed for special education staff for up to 30% of the days. The scheduling of these days will be shared by the principal and discussed with the teachers at each school site at the beginning of the school year. Opportunities for self-directed professional duties shall be provided on a regular basis throughout the school year.
The District and LMUTA will collaboratively develop a survey regarding professional development activities. The survey will be administered on an annual basis prior to Winter Break. The purpose of this survey to serve as tool for planning professional development in the subsequent years in order to ensure that effective relevant professional learning experiences are being offered to all.
K. The District shall provide 130 substitute release days per school year so that Special Education Teachers and Regular Classroom Teachers may attend initial, triennial and annual IEP meetings, which are scheduled within the standard workday. The District shall equitably allocate these substitute release days across all school sites according to the special education caseload numbers at each site.
ARTICLE IX – CLASS SIZE
A. The District shall consult with the Association when average class size for a school site exceeds the following or when multi-grade averages exceed the average for the lowest grade in the multi-grade class.
4th through 6th grades 31 students
B. Class sizes shall reflect the number of students in each classroom in each school and as assigned to classroom teachers. In grades TK-6 the principal shall make a reasonable
effort to distribute students equitably among unit members at each grade level based on IEPs, behaviors, and academic levels.
ARTICLE XIV – SALARIES
The salary schedule adopted by the Governing Board for 2019-2020 shall be increased by 1.7% effective July l, 2019. No increase to stipends. In addition, bargaining unit members shall receive a onetime, off-schedule bonus in the amount of 0.3% based on the 2019-2020 salary schedule after the on-schedule increase has been applied.
Article XVII (Term of Agreement):
The term of the Agreement shall be extended through June 30, 2020.