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November 2019

At the recent San Jose City Council Meeting, the Mayor and City Council approved the development plans for Belmont Senior Assisted Living Facility on the property next to the district office. This has been a long, three-year process. A special thank you to community member and USD parent, Jen Fosco, for attending the meeting and speaking in support of the development. Also, thank you to our teachers’ union and our classified union for writing letters in support of the project to Mayor Liccardo. Because of the wonderful work done by our staff and our community, we will be able to use some of the revenue when the project is completed from the Belmont lease to support compensation for USD staff. You can learn more about the project by visiting our website.
 
At our upcoming Board of Trustees meeting on November 18, the Board will be discussing the possibility of placing a Parcel Tax on the March 2020 ballot. This has been a topic of discussion during negotiations with UDEA, the teachers’ union and CSEA, the classified employees’ union (classified staff members include custodians, administrative assistants and instructional assistants). With the successful passage of a USD Parcel Tax in March 2020, our District will continue to focus on identifying additional revenue sources that can be used to support student instruction and increased compensation for USD staff.
 
Last week we shared a negotiations update. Please click here for the informational flyer.
 
The District’s proposal to the teachers’ union included the full cost of living (COLA) increase provided by the state (3.26%), as well as .11% in other ongoing increases for a total increase of 3.37% for 2019-20.
 
After the last negotiations session, UDEA indicated that they would not schedule further negotiating dates. This week we were notified that UDEA has filed for impasse. When one party in negotiations declares impasse, a state-appointed mediator is assigned to work with both parties to help identify a mutually agreeable resolution. Once a mediator is assigned, the timeline for this mediation process will be determined.
 
We believe that our teachers and our classified staff provide a high quality educational program and support to all of our students. We remain committed to working together with our teachers’ union to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. Our goal is to reach an agreement that ensures that our students receive a high quality education, that our employees are compensated with salary, and health and pension benefits that are comparable to other similarly funded districts, and that our District remains fiscally solvent.