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Galt elementary school district teachers agree to salary cut

Deal is part of a memorandum of understanding approved by the teachers union and the school board Wednesday

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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:09 am, Fri Mar 30, 2012.

Elementary teachers in Galt have agreed to a salary cut due to the ongoing state budget uncertainty. They will have five furlough days next school year.

The decision was part of a memorandum of understanding approved by the teachers union and the school board Wednesday.

The action will reinstate a minimum of 40 layoffs notices distributed to teachers earlier this month.

Other concessions include a reduction of $100 per teacher in lottery funds and freezing all salaries for one school year. However, certificated staff will be permitted to move up two levels on the salary schedule in 2013-14.

If voters pass a initiative in November to restore education funding, the district will reinstate both the furlough days and salary freezes, under the agreement.

Additionally, if the district determines school closure or reconfiguration is still necessary, the contract will be considered null and void. It is also contingent upon other unions agreeing to five furlough days a salary freeze for next school year.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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