Lodi Unified School District has agreed to give teachers raises and cancel furlough days.
District officials on Wednesday announced a tentative agreement with the Lodi Education Association, the teachers union.
According to Mike McKilligan, Lodi Unified personnel director, the district is offering to restore salaries to pre-budget cut levels. The raise will be retroactive to July 1, 2013.
In order to make up for the past two years, when the district was in negotiations, the district will offer a 2 percent bonus for the 2012-13 school year and a 2 percent pay raise and removal of 7.5 furlough days for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.
Overall, the pay increases will cost the district $14.9 million, which McKilligan says can be paid with reserves while the district awaits funding from an increase in the state budget.
McKilligan said that the move to restore teacher pay came about because the Board of Education wished to recognize the sacrifices teachers made during the economic downturn.
While both the teachers union and the district await a final vote at the end of this month, both parties remain confident that the agreement will be adopted as planned.
“We’re really happy the district is restoring salaries and making good on promises made in 2010,” said Jeff Johnston, president of Lodi Education Association.
If the agreement passes, teachers can expect to see their pay increase by May of this year.