An additional union group took cuts and Galt Joint Union Elementary School District's top brass volunteered for extended furlough days and salary freezes to stave off school closures for at least another year.
The action was taken at a special meeting on Thursday.
The school board also approved freezing salaries for Superintendent Karen Schauer, district and site management, classified supervisors and other employees.
Additionally, employees not represented by a union group agreed to furlough days. Schauer will take eight, while school principals agreed to seven.
Under the ratified agreement, classified employees will work five fewer days next school year, and their salaries will be frozen.
The action saves three custodians, two secretary II positions, two secretary I positions, three bilingual office assistants, two health clerks and two food service managers that would have been laid off at the end of the school year.
The contract is contingent upon all district employee groups doing the same.
The district reached an agreement with the teachers' union late last month. Among the concessions is a reduction of $100 per teacher in lottery funds and freezing all salaries for a year.
The action will reinstate at least 40 teachers who received preliminary layoff notices.
In the last three years, all employee groups have taken a total of six to 15 furlough days, according to Schauer.
Although employees are taking additional salary reductions for next school year, she said the following programs are still at risk for elimination in 2012-13:
- Transportation for non-special education students.
- All school libraries.
- Counseling services.
- Instructional support in classrooms through academic coaches and instructional assistants.
- Outdoor education at the Cosumnes River Nature Preserve and McFarland Living History Ranch.
A budget to be approved in June will address these issues.
Meanwhile, the board is still surveying community members to determine the level of local interest in moving forward with a temporary local parcel tax or general obligation bond that could be put on the November ballot to raise district revenue. A report and possible decision is expected at the next school board meeting on April 25.