We have a tentative agreement in negotiations with the District. The down side is that we'll be taking 6 furlough days next year - meaning a 3.2% pay cut. The up sides: a) our health benefits plan is IMPROVING - something extremely rare in difficult economic times; b) approximately 20-25 jobs will be saved; c) class sizes in K-3 will only go up to 24 instead of 30; and d) I'm retiring 6 days earlier next year than I thought I would! (5 of the furlough days will be taken at the end of the school year; the 6th is to be taken on my choice of a teacher prep day - guess which one I'm taking? The LAST day!) I'm going to have to go change that countdown widget on the sidebar.
I'm very proud of my bargaining team - I thought a couple of times we were really stalled, but they persisted and showed great strategic expertise. I can do this job one more year with people like this in the Association.
Another Day Closer...
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Next year will fly by!
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