September 19 Agreements:
BFT and BUSD came to agreement on five issues at this session.
BFT Wins Increase in Sub Pay and New Sub Structure
BUSD accepted BFT’s proposal to significantly raise the rate of pay for substitutes and to move them to a higher rate more quickly. The new Daily Rate for days 1-30 will be $182. The Extended Daily Rate for 31 or more days in any given year will be $207. Retired BUSD teachers will be eligible for the Extended Daily Rate on the first day of substitute service. Substitutes who work more than 60 days in a given academic year will continue at the Extended Daily Rate in the following school year if they have worked at least 15 days in each semester and continue to work at least 15 days in each subsequent semester.
This important victory will help us fill sub positions with the most qualified and committed teachers and improve the functioning of our schools at all levels.
Two Victories for School Psychologists
BUSD accepted BFT’s proposal to add two steps to the School Psychologist salary schedule for a new total of twelve steps. Each new step comes with a 3% increase. Any additional increase to teacher salaries will also apply to these rates. The salary of veteran school psychs will now better reflect their years of experience and provide incentives for these highly qualified professionals to stay in BUSD.
In addition, BUSD agreed with a previous BFT proposal to reimburse School Psychologists for fees paid to obtain National Board Certification. They will also become eligible for the same annual stipends as National Board Certified Teachers.
Reduced Workload Notification Moved to April 15
The parties agreed to move up the deadline for veteran teachers to notify the district that they plan to use their rights to a Reduced Workload under Article 17.4.9. The intent is to allow sites to better plan and arrange for job shares for the following school year.
Adult School Program Coordinators
BFT and BUSD agreed to clarifications about how open Program Coordinator positions are communicated and filled, and to a two year term for these positions. Both parties agreed that all Adult School teachers should have the opportunity to express interest in a position.