The Ripon Unified School District and the Ripon Unified District Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract.
The next step is for members of the teachers’ union to vote and ratify the agreement.
“It’s tentative until membership votes,” said RUDTA President Rod Wright on Thursday.
He’s expecting the results of that tally to take place on Monday or Tuesday.
RUDTA has been without a contract for the past three years. At last Monday’s school board meeting, teachers and their supporters voiced their concerns during the public comments on the unsettling matters.
“Teachers are leaving for better paying jobs – students are not assured of getting the same teachers,” Wright said.
He believes that RUSD will continue to be a “revolving door” for teachers – “we’re still in the bottom three (as compared to other school districts),” Wright noted – regardless of the outcome on the RUDTA vote.
Meanwhile, the agreement, upon ratification, will then go before the school board for final approval.
More details of the agreement will be released once ratification is achieved by both parties, according to the statement released by the district office.
“The tentative settlement is a major milestone and the results of a great deal of work by both the district and teachers’ negotiation teams. The three-year agreement is a welcome step forward that will allow teachers and district leaders to continue the focus on the exceptional learning taking place in Ripon schools every day,” said district officials.
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