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Fallbrook elementary teachers receiving 7% raise

Rick Monroe

Special to the Village News

Last year, when teachers in most school districts in the county received a 5% cost of living increase, teachers in the Fallbrook Union Elementary District received a 7% increase. At a Nov. 18 special board meeting, trustees learned a similar pay increase has been negotiated for this year.

“We are grateful for our collaborative and productive relationship with the Fallbrook Elementary Teachers Association (FETA),” said Cindi Martin, interim superintendent, in response to an inquiry by the Village News. “Our district leadership understands today's teachers are working in an educational landscape that is continually changing and advancing.”

“With this in mind,” she continued, “we are proud of our ability to provide a 7% on-schedule salary increase, a 1% one-time, off-schedule payment, and an increase to the district’s healthcare contribution to cover new/increased premiums.”

The governing board approved the comprehensive tentative agreement with FETA at the Nov. 18 meeting.

“We will continue to provide equitable and competitive pay to all FUESD employees and we are proud of what we have accomplished in collaboration with FETA,” Martin said.

The 1% payment will be calculated based upon the updated 2022-2023 salary schedules and include masters, doctorate and lead teacher stipends. The one percent (1%) payment shall be prorated for unit members hired after Oct. 1, 2022.

Brian Morris, assistant superintendent, negotiated for the district with FETA representatives Dale Leonard, vice president, and Ken Ostroske, bargaining chair.

 

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