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Dr. Barry L. Kayrell, Superintendent
April 14, 2014
As we enter the final two months of the 2013-14 school year, I want to take a few moments to share some important thoughts and viewpoints. First, I want to thank everyone for their everyday efforts in making this a highly successful school year. All of your hard work truly makes a difference. Our work rolling out the Common Core, the RCD units and developing a comprehensive LCAP/LCFF have been truly exemplary. We can be proud of the fact that our schools are clean, safe and provide productive environments for our students to thrive. We are very thankful for the many parents and community members who are volunteering in our schools and programs and making a positive contribution to the education of our students. We continue to upgrade our technology and expand our alternative education programs and options while actively recruiting the best and brightest employees to our district. We continue to provide state-of-the-art professional development to all aspects of our organization as we keep abreast of innovations and global changes. Needless to say we have much to be proud of in the Hemet Unified School District.
Congratulations to CSEA! On April 8, the Board approved a 4% salary increase that is retroactive from July 1, 2013, in addition to a $1,500 increase to the Health and Welfare cap effective July 1, 2014. Also, classified employees are receiving a $1,000 bonus proportionate to their assignments. We look forward to negotiating with CSEA in the 2014-15 school year as early as the August/September time frame. Inclusive in the CSEA package was the restoration of the majority of positions that were cut in past years.
In December 2013, the District offered HTA a 3% salary increase effective January 1, 2014 with an additional 3% salary increase effective July 1, 2014. In addition, a $1,000 increase to the Health and Welfare cap was offered. This would have been equivalent to a 7.41% total compensation increase and a two-year agreement for salaries. The HTA negotiating team declined this offer.
In January 2014, the District offered HTA a 3% salary increase retroactive from July 1, 2013 along with a $1,000 increase to the Health and Welfare cap with discussions regarding salaries and benefits to continue in the 2014-15 school year. The HTA negotiating team declined this offer.
In February 2014, the District offered HTA a 4% salary increase retroactive from July 1, 2013 with an increase of $1,500 to the Health and Welfare cap. In addition, on-going discussions regarding salaries and benefits would resume for the 2014-15 school year. The HTA negotiating team declined this offer.
The District proposed that we engage in a process called Interest Based Bargaining early in the negotiations process. The HTA negotiating team said that they wanted to continue with Traditional (Positional) bargaining. This positional bargaining process has limited our ability to explore common interests. Even so, proposals and counter proposals have gone back and forth numerous times on the Articles that were Sunshined for negotiations. The District is still waiting to receive proposals on two Articles that HTA Sunshined last year along with a counter proposal for Article 8. The District has been and will continue to negotiate in good faith. We will continue to explore viable compensation options.
The District has a sincere desire to provide a competitive compensation package to all its employees while maintaining the fiscal health of the district, fulfilling the requirements under Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). As we put the final touches to the LCAP we are committed to lowering class sizes TK - 12 and have budgeted for the hiring of an additional 50 new teachers for the 2014-15 school year and 30 teachers for the 2015-16 school year.
I want to personally thank all our stakeholder groups for their active participation in the development and planning of our LCAP and especially our Educational Services division who have done an outstanding job creating a dynamic plan that will have a significant impact on the lives of our students. Thank you for all you do and for your ongoing commitment to our students. I look forward to the upcoming promotion and graduation ceremonies.