Budget Update - June 24, 2015
On June 23, 2015, the Saratoga Union School District Board of Trustees adopted their 2015-2016 district budget as follows:
Budget Update October 3, 2014
Saratoga Union School District values and respects its teachers.
We have a long history of attracting and retaining committed, well-educated, and dedicated teachers. Our children deserve it. Our parents expect it. And our board embraces this as one of SUSD’s highest priorities. In business terms, we have demonstrated our values through compensation, benefits, extra pay for extended duty, stipends and bonuses, and professional development time built into the work-week.
Negotiating salary and benefits requires expertise in budget, local and state economics (property tax, sales tax, local and state initiatives that impact budget), labor union practice, and education code (law) which defines teachers as state employees who are therefore entitled to certain rights such as retirement plans.
Our community has asked for information about negotiations and teacher compensation to better understand the risks and benefits to salary increases. This notice is a factual representation of information our board and district staff consider when approaching this important decision. We have included information from reports filed with the State (by our district as well as other districts), data comparisons created by experts in the State, historical budget information filed by SUSD including audit reports, and Consumer Price Index data (CPI).
It is important to also say that SUSD values the adoption of a fiscally sound budget that allows us to hold in reserve not only the funds required by the State, but what we believe is prudent for Basic Aid school districts to carry in reserve -- based on expert advice and close comparison to other community funded districts like ours.
We also value the opportunity to provide supportive and innovative programs to students, which enhance their learning experience and provide a competitive education, preparing them for the rigors of high school and beyond. These programs include social and emotional learning, technology and curriculum designed for technology -- for both teacher and student, literacy and math support, and learning strategies based on best practices, to name a few.
Without violating the spirit of confidentiality between SUSD and the Saratoga Teachers Union, we present the following information: