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SRVUSD board considering $2,500 pandemic payment to employees

Also: Measure D spending audit, Mental Health Awareness Month proclamation

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education is set to discuss Tuesday allocating a one-time payment of $2,500 to all full-time district employees for pandemic-related duties and expenses.

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In order to support employees who have worked through the coronavirus pandemic, the board is set to review a memorandum of understanding that would grant the one-time payment to members of the San Ramon Valley Education Association, the California School Employees Association and the Service Employee International Union as well as management and confidential employees.

"The SRVUSD and SRVEA ... mutually agree that COVID-19 has provided some unique challenges for education," district and union officials said in a joint letter. "The parties further agree to the importance of providing remuneration to unit members for materials, equipment and additional time devoted to the performance of work responsibilities during pandemic conditions in the 2020-21 school year."

If approved by the board, the payment would be one-time-only and distributed no later than June 15.

According to a letter sent to the Contra Costa County Office of Education, total payments are expected to cost the district $7,198,829.

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The SRVUSD Board of Education's regular meeting is set to be begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (May 18) in-person at the San Ramon Valley High School Theater, 501 Danville Blvd.

Interested residents can also view the meeting live on the SRVUSD's YouTube channel.

In other business

* District staff will also present the board with the independent financial audit of the building fund for Measure D, a 2012 voter approved general obligation bond used to improve district facilities.

* Board members also plan to issue a proclamation recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

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SRVUSD board considering $2,500 pandemic payment to employees

Also: Measure D spending audit, Mental Health Awareness Month proclamation

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Mon, May 17, 2021, 3:31 pm

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education is set to discuss Tuesday allocating a one-time payment of $2,500 to all full-time district employees for pandemic-related duties and expenses.

In order to support employees who have worked through the coronavirus pandemic, the board is set to review a memorandum of understanding that would grant the one-time payment to members of the San Ramon Valley Education Association, the California School Employees Association and the Service Employee International Union as well as management and confidential employees.

"The SRVUSD and SRVEA ... mutually agree that COVID-19 has provided some unique challenges for education," district and union officials said in a joint letter. "The parties further agree to the importance of providing remuneration to unit members for materials, equipment and additional time devoted to the performance of work responsibilities during pandemic conditions in the 2020-21 school year."

If approved by the board, the payment would be one-time-only and distributed no later than June 15.

According to a letter sent to the Contra Costa County Office of Education, total payments are expected to cost the district $7,198,829.

The SRVUSD Board of Education's regular meeting is set to be begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (May 18) in-person at the San Ramon Valley High School Theater, 501 Danville Blvd.

Interested residents can also view the meeting live on the SRVUSD's YouTube channel.

In other business

* District staff will also present the board with the independent financial audit of the building fund for Measure D, a 2012 voter approved general obligation bond used to improve district facilities.

* Board members also plan to issue a proclamation recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

Comments

dand d
Registered user
Danville
on May 18, 2021 at 6:58 am
dand d, Danville
Registered user
on May 18, 2021 at 6:58 am

I would like to hear more about why SRVUSD feels the need to spend 7.2M in pandemic payments.
I could maybe see $$ going to people who were laid off but question the wisdom of issuing checks to others.
If this passes I'll be thinking long and hard about any future bond requests.


D
Registered user
Danville
on May 18, 2021 at 7:16 pm
D, Danville
Registered user
on May 18, 2021 at 7:16 pm

This is a perfect example of how the labor unions and special interests have car jacked common sense and our CA economy! Spending over $7 million dollars of OUR hard earned tax money to give to people who were not laid off or lost their job due to Covid, but in fact received the same exact income, while working from the comfort of their own home. Wake up CA voters, it is time to stand up to the unions and special interests, and demand accountability and the end of never ending parcel taxes to feed greedy special interest. Vote NO on all future parcel taxes, and it is time to recall any School Board members who vote for this expensive, ridiculous payment to people for simply doing their job.


dand d
Registered user
Danville
on May 18, 2021 at 7:20 pm
dand d, Danville
Registered user
on May 18, 2021 at 7:20 pm

Gee, and I thought I was being harsh. Don't remember the union being involved in this decision. Did I miss something.


D
Registered user
Danville
on May 19, 2021 at 6:42 am
D, Danville
Registered user
on May 19, 2021 at 6:42 am

@dand d:

Their unions spent a great amount of time and money in the last election for school board to get Shelley Clark elected, and guess who is the head cheerleader now for this $7 million dollar "gift" back to the union members?

If this money was going to employees who lost their job due to Covid, I would support it. But these union members did not lose their job, got paid the full amounts they were due, and got to work from the comfort of their homes. Giving away $7 million dollars of OUR hard earned money is ludicrous. So many restaurants, bars, and other small businesses closed and went out of business during the pandemic, and all the taxes these hard working people paid went to the school, who in return hijacked their money and turned it over to the union members, who did not lose one cent due to the pandemic.


SRV Resident
Registered user
San Ramon
on May 19, 2021 at 11:07 am
SRV Resident, San Ramon
Registered user
on May 19, 2021 at 11:07 am

Are you kidding? $2,500 for each employee? Some who didn't even work part of the school year since there were no students in the classroom! For example, many school nurses didn't work from home and didn't go to school - so they could be home and enjoy the free time while they got full pay! How many companies in corporate America are giving their employees a one-time payment for just doing their job. If this goes through, the school district better never complain that they don't have enough money to provide adequate services to the students. Or, are these funds coming from the federal or state government grants that need to be given to staff? More explanation is needed to understand where these funds are coming from and rationale of why the district feels $2,500 should be given to each district employee.


Concerned Resident
Registered user
Danville
on May 19, 2021 at 3:47 pm
Concerned Resident, Danville
Registered user
on May 19, 2021 at 3:47 pm

I am a teacher in our District, and personally do not feel that we should be given a one-time payment of $2,500. I am grateful that I've had a job throughout the pandemic. I do take issue with some of the comments above, however - especially the one about us getting to teach "from the comfort of our own homes". Please understand that switching to remote learning was a HUGE learning curve, and it was very challenging work. We all spent countless, countless hours learning new systems and converting all our lessons to the remote environment, not to speak of how difficult it is to motivate children via Zoom. I get that you're upset about the one-time payment - again, I do not agree it's a good way to spend our District money either - but please do not minimize the tremendous amount of work we had to do to continue to teach our students during remote learning. I would much rather have been teaching in-person rather than from the comfort of my own home, because the latter is ten times more difficult and much less rewarding.


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