As I mentioned in my last update, the District presented a new budget to the Board at last night’s Board meeting. This budget included a number of cuts across the District.
There are a few decisions that directly affect us as certificated staff.
If you would like to read the entire Board agenda, here is the link for your convenience. June 16, 2020 Board Agenda

Otherwise, here are the three decisions that will have the most impact on our Certificated staff:

1) The Faculty Association and the District have agreed to close the Contract for the 2020-2021 school year.

At the December 2019 Board meeting the SMJUHSD and the SMJUHSDFA both presented their reopeners for negotiating Article 2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the recent school closure and state budget cuts, both the SMJUHSD and the SMJUHSDFA have agreed it would be in everyone’s best interest to close the contract with no changes. Therefore, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the SMJUHSD and the SMJUHSDFA will remain unchanged for the 2020-2021 school. In other words, the salary schedule for the 2020-2021 school year will be the same as it was during the 2019-2020 school year. Although there will be no percentage increase on the salary schedule, there will continue to be step and column increases.

2)  The Faculty Association will agree to sign an MOU allowing one Administrative personnel to execute the job responsibilities of a vacant Certificated Position for one year. This will not displace any of our current members as the position is currently vacant, and no members have asked to be transferred into the vacant position. Therefore, instead of one vacant certificated position being filled by outside interviews, the FA will allow one Management employee of the district to execute the job responsibilities of the vacant position for one year.

3) The District will cut the funding for the Athletic Director down to a .6 FTE at each site.

This is not an agreement between the Faculty Association and the District, but is something the District feels they can do without our approval. In other words, they feel it is not contractual. Even though the District’s cut is being designated as a cut to the Athletic Director’s position, this does not mean that the cuts must be made to the Athletic Director position. Each site can make the decision on their own as to where these cuts can and should be made. In other words, in lieu of putting the Athletic Director into the classroom for two periods, there are many creative solutions to how the FTE’s can be utilized at each site.

Overall, the District’s budget cuts will not decrease our current salary schedule, and our Collective Bargaining Agreement will not change for the 2020-2021 school year.

Continue to check your email throughout the summer as the upcoming fall semester might prove to be very creative.

Hope you are enjoying your summer.