The Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) membership has voted in favor of a new contract that will give an ongoing 4.5% pay increase, a one-time 1% bonus, and put more district money into reducing class sizes and providing more counselors.
The school district also agreed to the contract during negotiations on April 11. The DTA membership voted on April 15. The union vote was running favorably before The Independent’s deadline. Union president Robbie Kreitz said it looked like a win.
To put the agreement into effect, the school board must approve it. A board meeting is scheduled for April 25.
The tentative agreement represented a big step forward, after discussions that spanned more than a year.
The 4.5% ongoing raise in the agreement was more than double the 2% that management offered in March.
There will be limits on K-5 class size, more support for special education teachers and lower caseload sizes for them.
More counselors will be available to support for K-8 grades. There will be safety and security enhancements for classrooms and common spaces.
“This settlement is a good step in the right direction toward investing in educators and the future of our community,” said Kreitz. She thanked the community for its “strong support for educators during months of contract talks. We have always been and will continue to be committed to our students."
School Board President Amy Miller said, “Given the budget challenges in public education, we believe we have an agreement that both parties can be happy with. We want to thank DTA for their efforts in working through this process together. Both parties have taken great strides to bridge our gaps, and create a solution that works for Dublin.”
DUSD APPOINTS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT
The district has announced the hiring of Interim Superintendent Dave Marken to replace Leslie Boozer, who resigned effective March 26. The board announced her resignation at the school board meeting that night. Boozer was not present.
The district later issued a statement wishing her well in her future endeavors. Boozer served for two years in Dublin, and previously as Superintendent in Fontana in Southern California.
Matt Campbell, who was hired in January from the Fremont Unified School District to become Dublin’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, will continue to serve Dublin on Fridays in the temporary position of Acting Superintendent.
Marken will work Mondays through Thursdays as interim superintendent. He served the Dublin district for 13 years, as Assistant Principal and Principal at Dublin High School, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Human Resources. He became Superintendent at Newark Unified School District, where he retired after five years.
The district stated in a news release, “Dr. Marken has deep roots in Dublin, and his connection to our school community will help us begin the process of rebuilding, while continuing the commitment to provide our students with an exceptional educational experience. His work ethic, experience, energy, compassion, and integrity will guide us through this difficult time and set the stage for our future Superintendent to take the reins. The board is excited to welcome him back and confident that we are in great hands.”