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Ripon Unified teachers in line for 8% pay hike
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Ripon Unified teachers will soon be getting an 8 percent on-going salary increase.

That’s the tentative agreement the Ripon Unified District Teachers’ Association recently struck with the Ripon Unified School District. With it are other provisions along with a memorandum of understanding.

Trustees are expected to approve the agreement at Monday’s meeting at the Ripon City Hall Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

This item and others will be discussed during the 7 p.m. open session.

The ongoing additional costs – or the 8 percent increase – tallies up to about $783,000 to RUSD, with the estimated impact to the unrestricted general fund at $770,400.

“Please note that the step costs associated with the increases, and the additional site stipends – amounting to $2,800 – were not incorporated in the financial impacts since the amounts are expected to be absorbed through budget savings,” according to the staff.

This was the report developed by Michelle Ryan, Human Resources manager, and financial consultant Douglas Crancer.

During the 2015-16 school year budget development process, they noted that department budgets will be developed based on needs, which is expected to positively impact the projected deficits for that year as well as the subsequent year budgets.

In the event of that and the significant deficit spending trend continuing as projected, RUSD would need to implement expenditure reductions for subsequent years in order to maintain its minimum reserve levels, the report said.

The school board will also look at:

• Recognizing students who have achieved the California State Seal of Biliteracy and the Pathways to Biliteracy Award.

• Approving the calendars for the next three school years.

• Hearing Principal Lance Morrow presenting the addendum to the Ripon High Single Plan for Student Achievement along with new Academic Literacy program and other new courses at RHS.

For more information, call the RUSD office at 209.599.2131 or click on to