Twin Rivers Unified,
The raises come after a 2012 voter-approved tax hike and a multiyear state plan to increase school funding through a new formula intended to direct money to low-income students and English-language learners.
District leaders say they are paying back their employees for accepting furloughs, pay freezes and larger class sizes during a recessionary wave of state budget cuts that began in 2009.
"Employees all over the state of
In May, Twin Rivers officials gave teachers lump-sum checks equal to 4 percent of their salaries. Half the payment was a bonus, and the other half served as a retroactive pay raise, McGuire said. Bus drivers, secretaries and other support staff received a 2 percent pay raise retroactive to 2013-14 and a one-time bonus of 2.25 percent. The payout cost
The teachers will receive another 2 percent raise this school year and again in 2015-16. Likewise, support staff will see 2.56 percent raises this year and next, according to paperwork filed with the
"During financially hard times we were willing to take on furloughs and to pay more for our benefits," she said. "They said when financial times were better they would do right by the teachers."
Twin Rivers employees were furloughed for between 16 and 17.5 days during state budget cuts. DeLoux, a single parent, said the furlough days were a hardship.
"It was very difficult," she said. "You hoped your car didn't break down, and you hoped there weren't any unexpected expenses."
Hoffman said he wouldn't be surprised to see more salary hikes this year when the district and union renegotiate their contract.
"Our employees bit the bullet during difficult times," he said. "We will be as fair as we can."
The high school district with 6,850 students in
Elsewhere, the region's largest school district -- Elk Grove Unified -- agreed in January to give its union-represented employees a retroactive raise of 2.7 percent for the 2013-14 school year.
Natomas Unified didn't offer retroactive pay but gave employees one of the largest pay bumps among local school districts. District staff negotiated a 6 percent pay boost, 1.5 percent bonus and an additional
Teachers will work an additional 50 minutes per day at middle schools and an extra 17 minutes per day in first through third grade, as well as transitional kindergarten.
New funding allowed the district to "increase compensation for our dedicated staff while laying the groundwork to expand student programs and services," said
The compensation increases will boost Natomas Unified's annual payroll for its 760 union-represented employees by
In May, Superintendent
"I think when the economy got bad for schools, teachers gave," said
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