Board Of Education to air unions’ salary settlements, costs

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Martinez Unified School District’s Board of Education will conduct public hearings Monday before voting on agreements with its employees’ labor representatives. Those settlements will give most employees 4 percent raises effective last July.

The public hearings will disclose the cost to fund those salary settlements with the Martinez Education Association (MEA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the Martinez Association of School Administrators (MASA) and the Confidential and Supervisory Unit (C/SU) for the 2018-19 school year.

While the new salary schedules increase pay, the health and welfare benefits will remain the same.

Ratification of the MEA settlement is on the agenda. This settlement includes tentative agreements on topics the union and District concur would improve working conditions and labor relations, according to a report by District Superintendent C.J. Cammack. Among those topics are contract year, workdays, employee valuation, grievance procedures, leaves, catastrophic leaves, physical examinations, salary, benefits, recognition and class size.

That agreement will be in place through June 30, 2021, and is considered closed through the 2019-10 school year. A short list of topics would be available for new discussion by either side after that.

Ratification of settlements with 25 MASA employees and four C/SA employees, achieved through a meet and confer process, also is before the Board.

The Board will review the Memorandum of Understanding with Sandy Hook Promise: Know The Signs Program, a safety program that was developed after the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Two elements of the program, “Start With Hello’ and “Threat Assessment and Intervention,” will be described Monday. The District also is working Sandy Hook Promise on a third program, “Say Something – Anonymous Reporting System,” but according to Cammack’s report, that part of the program operates under a separate memorandum of understanding, which will be introduced at a later meeting.

The Board will vote on these documents at future meetings.

In other matters, the panel will vote whether to approve an overnight trip by Martinez Junior High School players to Redding for basketball tournaments and the Center for Human Development’s “Friday Night Live youth development program at Alhambra High School that’s designed to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs and substances.

In accordance with the resolution by California of a 2000 lawsuit that accused the state of not meeting obligations for instructional materials, qualified teachers and clean campuses, the Board will conduct a public hearing before voting on a resolution that assures the District’s pupils have enough materials in core academic areas and that those materials meet standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

The Board of Education will meet in a closed session at 5:45 p.m. Monday to discuss a personnel matter. The regular meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the District Board Room, 921 Susana St.

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