By the Daily Post staff
The teachers union and Palo Alto school district administrators have reached a two-year agreement on compensation that will raise pay by 3% starting this summer and another 3% for the 2021-22 school year — and give teachers a one-time 2% bump.
The district’s 800 teachers make between $66,395 and $133,972 annually, according to the union’s contract.
The tentative agreement reached last night requires ratification by the teachers and the school board.
Superintendent Don Austin said in a statement that the bargaining teams participated in multiple negotiating sessions throughout March and April prior to reaching a tentative agreement at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday.
For 2020-21, teachers will receive:
• a 3% increase to the salary schedule effective July 1, 2020;
• a one-time, off-the-schedule payment equal to 2%;
• and an increased employer contribution to the cost of “health and welfare benefits,” equivalent to an additional .26% salary increase.
For 2021-22, teachers will receive:
• a 3% increase to the salary schedule effective July 1, 2021;
• and a one-time, off the schedule payment equal to 2%.
In addition, for the 2022 calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31), the district shall contribute toward health and welfare benefits an additional amount that provides unit members with the same dependent contributions as the 2021 calendar year.