On March 18, the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) governing board approved a comprehensive contract agreement with the California School Employee Association (CSEA) for the 2012-2013 year. The agreement would be retro-active to July 1, 2012, and include a salary schedule increase, effective July 1, 2012; commensurate salary schedule increase for management positions, effective July 1, 2012; and salary schedule increase for unrepresented confidential positions.
FUESD superintendent Candy Singh stated that the agreement was “very positive,” and explained that the approval concluded 2012-2013 negotiations with CSEA and would provide reasonable salary schedule increases to classified, management and confidential employees.
“The key terms of the agreement provide our classified employees with a two percent pay increase,” she said.
The agreement would also equalize the health benefits provided to all eligible employees. According to the agenda, the agreement had an amendment that would provide for “equalization of pay for all employees who are receiving a stipend for one dependent ($25 to $50) and zero dependents ($50 to $100),” with an effective date of January 1, 2013.
“Our work with the classified unit was very positive, productive and we look forward to continuing to work to meet the needs of our employees while focusing on our primary responsibility of increasing student achievement,” said Singh, who was pleased with the smooth process of negotiations.
“In the area of increasing student achievement, I am very proud of the work being done by our teachers and staff,” she said. “Our students are benefiting everyday from the hard work being done by our teachers, support staff, and school leaders.”
The district will also begin the bargaining process with both the teachers and classified associations later this spring.
Singh said that the hard work is significantly improving the student population’s achievement in various ways.
“Our instructional programs have improved dramatically in the last year due to the laser-like focus we have placed on ensuring that every student grows academically through excellent instructional delivery, high student engagement, and collaborative work with parents,” said Singh. “As a result, student achievement is on the rise in FUESD.”