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SRVUSD teachers push for new raise

Original post made on Dec 20, 2015

Dozens of San Ramon Valley teachers packed the school board meeting Tuesday night to show support for their union amid contract talks with the district in which union negotiators have asked for a larger salary increase than the district bargaining team is willing to support.

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Comments (9)

Posted by Teachershortage
a resident of Danville
on Dec 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

The superintendent sent an email to all staff stating that they countered with a 9.44% raise. Teachers will not see 9.44%, give me a break. It's like going to Macy's when something is on sale for 25% off. Then you apply a 20% off coupon, and then get a 15% clearance discount. You don't add 25+20+15 to get 60% off, it doesn't work that way. The truth is, 2/3 of all admins have either retired or left the district since MS came aboard. Morale is low, admins do not support teachers, and jobs are unfilled. Our kids suffer. Plus, the districts invisible "no discipline" policy is frustrating to teachers. It's like a cop who arrests the bank robber and he is set free by the judge.

Posted by Frustrated Teacher
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 20, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Mary Shelton gets paid $278k a year and gets a 5% bonus every 3 years. District managers have received a 15% raise over the last 5 years. Teachers in the district have received an raises totalling 8% over the span of the last 9 years. My rent in San Ramon has not increased by only 8% over the last 9 years. It has nearly doubled.

Where should the monetary priorities of the district lie? Our school district is not a top performing district because of the superintendent. Our district is not a destination district because of district managers. Teachers are what make this district what it is.

Posted by Curious
a resident of Danville
on Dec 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

What is the "no discipline" policy? I'm a District parent, curious to know what this is.

Posted by Teacher
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm

It stems from reducing the amount of maximum days a student can be suspended to ten per year, once they reach ten, they are untouchable and cannot be suspended further. In addition, students cannot be disciplined for willful disruption . So, teachers are fed up and just deal with it themselves, no administrative support. Students no longer fear administration. We call them "Mary's Kids"and turn a blind eye.

Posted by Curious
a resident of Danville
on Dec 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm

That's unbelievable. I'm so sorry teachers have to deal w/that.

Posted by Teacher
a resident of Danville
on Dec 21, 2015 at 8:15 pm

I feel that the attitude of students being disciplined is lack of respect for authority because they know that nothing is really going to happen to them. They would love to be suspended and go home. No matter what they do they will be passed along. Where do the students learn respect? Is there a partnership with the home and school to instill this? I wonder what the next generation will be like.

Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2015 at 10:55 am

Agree. Just suspending students was never a very good idea.

Posted by mom
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I think that's its sad that there is a total lock of discipline at schools. No respect of any authority. I try had with my kids at home, but they pick so many good and BAD things at school. I have seen kids just talk back to parents in a school setting. Went on a school trip and kids were out of control. Teacher just stand there and parents are too busy talking to themselves. I am not sure if the teachers don't want to say anything cause the parents are there or they just don't care. And I guess that parents think it's ok, which is not.

Posted by Sharon
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm

The real issue behind this is not the salaries. Rather it is the superintendent, an issue which has been simmering for several years. She comes across as cold and unapproachable. She has also been a tool for the school board since her first day on the job. Talk to people who work around her. If they are not afraid, of which many are, they will confirm what I am saying and what so many know to be true.

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