Since starting the collective bargaining process, the Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) and Campbell High School Teachers Association (CHSTA) bargaining teams have held collaborative discussions over several articles including adult education, compensation, activities, sick leave and leave banks and special education services.
During the May 14 bargaining session, the teams reached consensus on a number of items and signed Tentative Agreements related to Association Rights (Article 7), Organizational Security (Article 11) and Hours and Work Year (Article 14). The teams had many collaborative discussions and moved closer to a consensus on compensation (Article 18/28) for both Unit A (9-12 teachers) and Unit B (adult education teachers) and Special Education (Article 29).
We are encouraged by the progress made today and continue to be optimistic about reaching an agreement prior to the end of the school year. We are looking forward to meeting again on Monday, May 20.
Budget Challenges: Preparing for the Future
To prepare for the high likelihood of an economic downturn in the near future, the District should be fiscally conservative. With economists predicting a strong likelihood of an upcoming recession and lawmakers consistently not providing adequate funding supports to education, maintaining the fiscal integrity of the District is a top priority to avoid salary reductions, layoffs and significant cuts to important student programs. The District must ensure any salary increases can be supported with ongoing revenues to protect vital programs for our students.
We are already facing budgetary obstacles, including increasing student enrollment. As a community-supported district, the majority of our funding comes from local property taxes and not from average daily attendance. As enrollment increases, the District does not receive additional funding to compensate for the additional staff and supplies new students require.
Furthermore, the District’s savings (“ending fund balance”) are the lowest since before the great recession and has decreased by more than one third since 2012-2013.
The District wants to provide a salary increase that maintains competitive compensation for all employees in our current high-cost region while maintaining fiscal responsibility.