Rancho Santa Fe School board approves 3 percent raise for teachers

Teachers and staff at R. Roger Rowe School will see their first salary increase in seven years.

At a special meeting held June 15, the Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved a retroactive 3 percent off-schedule raise for the 2014-15 school year and a 3 percent on-schedule salary increase for 2015-16.

“The Faculty Association is appreciative of the district’s decision to offer an increase. The increase of the 3 percent off-schedule for the 2014-15 school year, and 3 percent on-schedule for the 2015-16 school year, will bring the negotiations of the three-year contract to a close,” Superintendent Lindy Delaney said.

Starting in 1996-97, Rancho Santa Fe teachers consistently received a bump in salary of about 3.5 percent a year, going up to 4.5 percent in 2007-08. There had not been an increase since the 2008-09 school year, although the last two years teachers received an off-salary increase of 2 percent, like an end-of-year bonus.

Several teachers spoke during public comment at the June 4 board meeting asking for compensation that matches that of neighboring districts and is reflective of the work they put in.

The district and the faculty association met on June 9 in closed session and again on June 11 to settle the agreement, pending the board’s approval.

Negotiations with the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association for the 2017-19 school year agreement will begin next year. Delaney is hoping to begin talks in February to reduce the stress of saving negotiations for the end of the school year.