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OJUSD Approves 2016-17 Contracts


The first meeting of the 2017 calendar year went smoothly as members of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board unanimously approved the tentative agreements between Oakdale Teachers’ Association and the California School Employees Association Chapter #830.

Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Terri Taylor addressed the board with four Action Items on Monday evening, each dealing with money and benefits.

“It’s always good for us to talk in that situation,” Taylor said of meeting with OTA representatives, “because we have time to talk about concerns that may not have to do with negotiations. We just do a lot of give and take.”

The contract agreement brought before the board for OTA was a 3.3 percent salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2016.

“I’m really grateful to the team,” Taylor said of the year’s negotiations. “Marty Fauria is the lead negotiator for OTA and he does an excellent job.”

CSEA opted for a 2 percent salary increase and an increase of $1,000 to the health benefit contribution. That’s a difference equivalent to the 3.3 percent accepted by OTA, Taylor shared.

“We’ve had some really good years with CSEA,” Taylor added of negotiations with the classified team. “Adam Uplinger, since he’s the new President, he’s also the new chief negotiator for them. He has had a steep learning curve but he is doing an amazing job.”

The Assistant Superintendent noted, as is customary, Management and Confidential staff typically take the agreed to negotiated increase as well.

“But because there were two different offers taken,” she said, “we gave the choice to management and staff. They chose the 3.3 percent increase effective July 1, 2016.”

The impact of the increases given totals to just over $1.2 million annually.

Assistant Superintendent, Pupil Services and Facilities Larry Mendonca brought before the board a construction contract for approval. Richard Townsend Construction was awarded the job, after the board reviewed bids for the School Farm Barn.

The Oakdale based General Contractor secured the job with a bid of $171,000, well below that received from a number of others, Mendonca shared. Once the agreement is signed by both parties, construction of the School Farm Barn may begin within 90 days of District authorization.

The January OJUSD Board meeting was started just after 6:30 p.m. Monday night, Jan. 23 with the Pledge of Allegiance being led by Fair Oaks students Hayden Pitassi, Santino Loera, Easton Thalman and Landon McKinley.

The next meeting will be later in February, due to the observation of Presidential holidays. The next meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Oakdale City Council Chambers, 277 N. Second Ave., Oakdale