The Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) and the Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) have signed a contract that runs through the 2019-20 school year.

The school board unanimously approved the document at its April 23 meeting.

Contract talks began last year. When no agreement was reached, a stalemate was declared. The DTA voted overwhelmingly to strike.

However, the two sides pursued their goals further in arbitration. Management expanded its offer to DTA. Union President Robbie Kreitz put the offer to a vote of the membership. It was approved by a 99.8% affirmative vote.

The contract includes a 4.5% ongoing salary increase, a 1% one-time bonus, health insurance subsidy for employees receiving medical coverage through the district, and counselor supports for K-5 and agreed counselor ratios for 6-12 counseling. Caseload caps for special education, and safety and security enhancements for classrooms and common space were included in the package, along with details.

School board President Amy Miller said, ”The greatest asset we have in Dublin is our teachers and staff. Lack of adequate funding for public education in California makes it difficult to show them how much of a priority they are.

“Because there is a long way to go to before our schools receive full and fair funding, the board decided to spend down the district’s non-mandated reserve to deliver this exceptional offer to the best teachers in California. We do prioritize our people and feel good about what this means for our students."

Kreitz stated, “This tentative agreement is a good step in the right direction toward investing in educators and the future of our community — our students. This agreement represents far more than compensation. It is amazing to see that we have enhanced the supports for all students.”

Interim Superintendent Dave Marken commented, “As a result of this agreement, we now offer one of the top total compensation packages for teachers in Alameda County. This, along with improvements in class size, safety and other elements agreed to as part of the new teachers’ contract, makes Dublin a place for great teachers to teach and for students of all abilities to learn.”

“Both parties came together to make this agreement one that prioritized our employees and took to heart the best interests of our students. I believe they can both walk away feeling they have achieved their goals. We are pleased to reach this milestone for our students, staff and community,” added Marken.