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Lodi Unified School District to weigh restoring cut salaries

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 am

Teachers, administrators and other employees in Lodi Unified School District will likely receive five extra days of pay for the 2013-14 school year,

The board of trustees, meeting at 7 p.m. today, will consider approving the extra pay days now that the board has lengthened the school year by five days. That makes up for the five days that were previously removed as a budget-cutting measure.

"We're making up for it out of the reserves we have," board member George Neely said.

The board held $11 million in reserves in case Proposition 30 in the November 2012 ballot was defeated by voters. The measure was approved, so Lodi Unified was able to use some reserves on a one-year basis to restore the five days that were removed from the teachers' schedule, Neely said.

Agreements were reached on Jan. 29 between the school board and the teachers union, classified staff, management and confidential employees. The agreements are on the so-called consent calendar, which typically consist of routine agenda items that are approved without discussion.

The agreements will be pulled off the consent calendar if board members or the public request to speak about them.

The agreement calls for teachers in Step 1 to make from $39,095 per year to $45,256, while those in Step 20 will receive between $74,967 and $78,304, according to a staff report to the board.

The agreement will only be for the 2013-14 school year.

As for the teachers, Lodi Unified will pay an extra $5.3 million for the next school year, bringing the total cost to the district to about $87.7 million. The work year for teachers will return to 180 days. Those new to the district will put it 183 days.

Agreements have also been reached for the non-teaching employees such as custodians, bus drivers and cafeteria workers, and the district's 101 management employees such as assistant superintendents, principals, vice principals, transportation director, food services director, purchasing director, child development director and grant writer.

For example, high school principals high school principals will work 220 days and make from $103,987 to $131,177 for the 2013-14 school year.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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