CALEXICO — An eight-month-old grievance between the Associated Calexico Teachers and the Calexico Unified School District over certain requirements for moving up in the salary schedule was recently settled, a union leader said Thursday.
The district “admitted no fault but gave us what we requested,” said Chad Cooper, ACT president, while referring to a decision made by the CUSD board of trustees Tuesday.
The union noted however that this requirement was removed during last year’s bargaining sessions.
“We agreed to end a very costly requirement that required our members to take four units of college credits every four years at our own expense in order to continue advancing in the salary schedule,” said Cooper.
By settling the matter the district will change the salary schedule of about 65 teachers who will also received retroactive compensation, said Calexico Unified Superintendent Maria Ambriz.
She explained the financial impact to the district after this change is about $280,000 in retroactive pay, with a similar amount going forward per year as these 65 members move to a higher level in the salary schedule.
The retroactive pay, Ambriz said, will be paid out no later than Aug. 31.
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