Dear Meyerholz Parents and Families,
A few weeks ago, the District shared that the School Board would be discussing the designation of three additional minimum days this year, pending approval of a tentative bargaining agreement with our Teachers Association. This agreement was approved by the Board on February 27, 2020. One of the agreements was the approval of three additional minimum days. With increased demands for professional development aligned to state standards and our strategic plan, we were able to negotiate additional time to be used for professional development, collaboration, planning, grading and reporting for the 2019-2020 school year.
The three minimum days identified are:
March 30, 2020
April 10, 2020
June 1, 2020
In negotiations, topics such as pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies are often discussed. Through the negotiations process, the most significant topics raised this year were related to compensation and time. As a District, we value the time our staff put in on a daily basis to ensure all CUSD students are engaged learners in our clean and safe facilities. Due to our budget challenges, we continually meet with our union negotiating teams through a bargaining process to discuss compensation and support to ensure all staff have the time to plan and collaborate and are provided resources to support students every school day.
We recognize that high-quality instruction in every classroom is essential if we are to reach our goals as a District and as a community. In times of financial challenges and budget reductions, we were unable to commit at this time to any ongoing salary raise. We will continue to explore other ways to increase employee salaries without jeopardizing CUSD’s financial stability. We know that CUSD employees do important, often heroic work, and we wish we could offer them greater compensation.
We recognize that calendar changes can be disruptive to our families and we appreciate your flexibility and ongoing support.
Ms. Ann Mitchell