MVLA staffers receive retroactive raise

After closing out its 2008-09 budget, the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District has agreed to a retroactive pay raise of 1.5 percent for all staff members, negotiated with the employees' classified and certified staff unions.

"We always look at the ending balance and negotiate raises based on that," said Superintendent Barry Groves. "So (the raise) was based on last year."

He added that in order to balance this year's budget, however, the district had to reduce its budget by $800,000. It's too early to tell whether another raise is on the horizon for the current school year, he said. Negotiations for the 2009-10 budget begin in February.

The last raise given in the district was a 2.5 percent raise in August 2008 for all employees.

— Kelsey Mesher


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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Dec 17, 2009 at 2:35 pm

In this time of job losses and of overspending, it is really stupid to give any raises to anyone. Especially in an area of guaranteed lifelong tenure (schools).. Dear LA-MTNVIEW HI SCHOOL DISTRICT.. Please DON'T come looking for any kind of tax or bond "raises" for your programs..

If in fact you have extra money hanging around, but the choir new robes, the band new instruments or uniforms. Look in the parking lots and see the "newness" of the employees cars..


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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Dec 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Sorry.. meant to say "BUY", not BUT on the last comment

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Posted by jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Dec 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm

As a parent who has raised children in this town and seen how hard these teachers work I can say this: teaching is not an easy jb. there are good eachers and not-so-good teachers, but to begrudge them a raise is spiteful and mean minded. Maybe they have new cars, maybe they don't - look around mountian view and you see many new cars so I don't see the relevance, unless teachers are not supposed to have reliable vehicles. a 1.5% raise is so small - I appreciate these hard-working men and women who spend evenings and weekends sponsoring clubs and going on sport-related field trips. I work hard at my job and life is a struggle, but it doesn't mean that teachers shouldn't get raises. George, when was the last time you were in a high-scholl classroom, or on the campus durings sports, or at a weekend event where teachers are what makes it happen?

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Posted by Ted
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

"Guaranteed lifelong tenure"......George....are you kidding? Teachers are judged everyday by parents,their peers and have extensive evaluations by their Principal regularly. It's not as easy as you think. The vast majority of teachers love their students and their job, but have sacrificed working long hours after school and on weekends preparing lesson plans.
And they've turned down higher paying jobs because they believe they're making a difference in every student's life!......seriously. And no, I'm not a teacher.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Waverly Park
on Dec 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I agree that George and others should not be so quick to make judgments about this information.

Anyone familiar with school budgets knows that salaries/benefits and facilities/maintenance come from entirely different pots of money, and funds for one cannot be spent on the other. It's just the way it is.

This story does not tell specifically what cuts were made that add up to $800,000. I would hope it was not for programs and services for students. I have heard teachers speak highly of the district's money management, so it seems unlikely they have made cuts that adversely affect students.

I'm happy that the MVLA highly regards their teachers and staff, and recognizes their importance by providing a raise when possible.

The same cannot be said of MVWSD.

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