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Burlingame teachers, district reach a contract agreement
March 12, 2013, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff
Burlingame Elementary School District and its teacher have reached a tentative, three-year contract agreement on which the Board of Trustees will vote tonight.

If approved, the agreement with the Burlingame Education Association would cover the current school year through 2014-15, according to a staff report. The tentative agreement calls for a retroactive 2 percent salary raise, a 1 percent one-time payment and paid increase in medical benefits, according to a staff report. It also includes a new teacher evaluation system created by a joint group of administrators and teachers.

Burlingame Education Association President Mike Giusti called the agreement fair and reasonable. The group hasn't had a pay raise in a number of years, but wanted to be reasonable with the request, said Giusti.

Teachers ratified the agreement Thursday, March 7, he said. The biggest change will be the new evaluation system, which Giusti said will update an antiquated system to make things easier for both sides. The procedures follow the state standards, but there should be less paperwork and teachers will have a better idea of what will be used in the evaluation, he said.

The average annual salary for teachers working for the Burlingame Elementary School District during the 2011-12 school year was $65,336, according to the California Department of Education. The lowest salary offered is $40,352 and the highest is $80,948.

Two other teacher groups in San Mateo County have reached impasse in their contract negotiations. Both teachers from the Millbrae Elementary School District and the San Mateo County Office of Education held protests last week over offers of a 2 percent raise and a concession by teachers on an existing retirement health benefit and a 1 percent, non-retroactive raise, respectively. Office of Education teachers are asking for a 9 percent salary boost and full family health coverage, according to teachers. In addition to the 1 percent proposal, teachers claim the district is seeking to decrease pay for work during an extended school year. Teachers in the Millbrae district are asking for a 3 percent raise.

The board meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the District Office, 1825 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame.

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