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Vallecitos School District gives 5% raise to classified employees

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Classified employees who work for the Vallecitos School District will be receiving a 5% salary increase.

The Vallecitos board voted 4-0 May 9, with one vacant seat, to approve the salary schedules which are effective for fiscal year 2022‑23. The salary modifications also allow new classified employees to obtain step increases which increase the compensation.

The Vallecitos district previously approved a collective bargaining with the Vallecitos Educators Association which represents the Vallecitos Elementary School teachers. “That resulted in a 5% pay increase,” said Vallecitos School District Superintendent Meliton Sanchez, who is also the district’s chief business officer and the nominal principal of Vallecitos Elementary School.

The Vallecitos School District classified employees do not have their own union. “The only organized union we have on campus is our teachers,” Sanchez said.

There was thus no formal collective bargaining agreement with the classified employees, but they were given the same increase the teachers were.

The pay for specific groups of classified employees is based on steps, which previously required five years of work for the district prior to advancing to higher steps. “We opened up steps right away so you don’t have to be here for six years before you see a pay increase. You will now see a pay increase every single year,” Sanchez said.

The annual pay for an accounting and administrative technician ranges from $38,439.55 ($18.48 per hour) for Step 1 to $71,508.88 ($34.38 per hour) for Step 22. The annual compensation for a custodian ranges from $33,852.00 ($16.28 hourly) for Step 1 to $62,974.69 ($30.28 hourly) for Step 22.

All receptionists and administrative clerks will be paid at Step 21 and will receive $51,069.78 annually or $24.55 per hour. Some employees are classified as hourly including van drivers, noon supervisors, instructional aides, attendance and other office clerks, and substitutes; the pay scale has 10 groups as well as 22 steps.

 

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