Based on the projection of positive ending balances through 2011-12, as well as the arrival of approximately $4.5 million in federal dollars, the IUSD Board of Education on Oct. 5 voted to reopen negotiations for the current year with the Irvine Teachers Association and the local chapter of the California School Employees Association.
Back in March, with IUSD facing a shortfall of $20 million, Board members approved a number of staff-recommended reductions that included four districtwide furlough days for 2009-10 and eight for 2010-11. As furloughs represent a loss of compensation for employees, the days were secured through the collective bargaining process – and with the understanding that the district would reopen negotiations if new funding materialized in 2010-11.
Assistant Superintendent Terry Walker said negotiations will address IUSD’s current projections and the new federal dollars, as well as the uncertainties associated with the state budget.
To read a recap of the Oct. 5 Board of Education meeting, click here.