A Message from the Superintendent
Some of you may have heard that things have been heating up in negotiations this year between the District and the Faculty Association. I understand that parents are receiving conflicting information from different sources about what has or has not happened. As such, I wanted to take this opportunity to give you the facts.
There have been three negotiation sessions this year between the District and the Faculty Association. The District’s most recent proposal to the Faculty Association includes a 3.75% increase to the Salary Schedule. The District also proposes adding more steps to the Salary Schedule so that teachers who stay with the District receive additional salary increases. Finally, the District proposes increasing its monthly health benefit contribution from $675 to $725, for a total annual contribution of $8,700. I have attached a copy of the proposed new Salary Schedule.
In response, the Faculty Association proposes a 5.75% increase to the Salary Schedule. The Faculty Association also proposes that the District agree to compelled agency fees for all teachers. This means that all teachers, regardless of whether or not they are members of the California Teachers Association (CTA), would automatically have CTA agency fees deducted from their pay. The Faculty Association also proposes that teachers be given three (3) “no tell” days, meaning they can be absent from work without any explanation.
The District’s Salary Schedule has always been highly competitive with other local comparable school districts, and the proposed 3.75% increase ensures it will continue to be highly competitive. The District is not aware of a single teacher who has left the District as a result of salary, and has not been notified this year that any teacher plans to leave as a result of salary.
With regard to Board Policy 4111, “Enrollment of Children Whose Parents Or Legal Guardians Are Permanent Full-Time Certificated Employees Of The District And Who Are Not Residents Of The District,” this is a Board Policy that was adopted in 2006. One of the provisions in the policy is that it automatically sunsets every three years. The Faculty Association has agreed to that automatic sunset provision. Board Policy 4111 currently impacts 7 teachers who, combined, have a total of 10 children attending school in the District. There are approximately 69 teachers in the bargaining unit at the District.
I believe the more important issue in negotiations is that the CTA representative at the bargaining table is seeking compelled agency fees. Compelled agency fees have never been implemented at the District and this is the first time that the CTA has ever raised this issue in negotiations. As the District has communicated during negotiations, the District does not agree with compelled agency fees being automatically deducted from teachers’ pay.
Additionally, the District disagrees with the Faculty Association’s proposal for three (3) “no tell” days allowing teachers to be absent from school without providing any explanation. Teachers at the District are already allowed to use up to eight (8) days of their sick leave for personal necessity leave as authorized under the Education Code. The Faculty Association’s proposal means teachers could be absent for any reason and without providing any explanation for their absence. The District believes that it is extremely important for teachers to be in the classroom unless they have a very good reason not to be. For that reason, the District disagrees with the Faculty Association’s proposal for “no tell” days.
I hope this summary has provided you with helpful information to understand what has happened in negotiations this year. The next negotiating session is scheduled for May 18, 2016, and we hope that during that time the parties can resolve their disagreements. Please know that we have great teachers at our District and we have a great educational program.
Students in grades 3-5 will participate in SBAC testing from May 2nd – May 20th. Students in grades 6-8 will participate in SBAC testing from May 9th – May 20th
It is critical that students arrive to school by 7:55 a.m. each morning. Testing begins promptly at the start of school each day and continues until lunch. We ask you to ensure your child comes to school well rested, well fed, and brings a healthy snack and lunch to school. Please avoid making appointments or missing school during the morning from May 2nd – May 20th. We appreciate your support and cooperation during these important weeks. For the Elementary School, testing will occur the first two weeks with make-up testing available the last week. The schedules for testing can be found on CANVAS.
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Our K-5 Principal, Kim Pinkerton will be hosting Kindergarten Orientation on April 20th at 9:00 a.m. at R. Roger Rowe School, If you did not attend the orientation in February please plan to attend this orientation to find out what a Kindergarten day is like at R. Roger Rowe School.
Kindergarten/New Student Enrollment
Kindergarten/New Student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year has already begun. All new incoming kindergarten students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2016 (Born on or before September 1, 2011). Enrollment is by appointment, please contact Marsha Portugal at 858-756-1141 extension 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Growing Up is a monthly publication containing helpful ideas and suggestions for parents of children in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, and is designed to create paths of communication and cooperation among the teachers, the school, and the parents of our community.
Click on the links below to access current and past issues of this great resource.
2016-2017 New Student Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year has already begun. Enrollment is by appointment, please contact Marsha Portugal at 858-756-1141 extension 102 or email@example.com to make an appointment.
Private School Recommendations:
We will be happy to circulate and process your recommendation forms for your private school recommendation. Please complete the student name, grade, parent signature and teacher name portion on each recommendation form. Please download and print the Student Information Sheet to be submitted along with your recommendation forms to Marsha Portugal in the school office. Upon completion of all recommendation forms by your teachers and administrators we will send the completed forms along with all requested items directly to the private school. Please plan ahead, as this process may take six weeks or more depending on holiday schedule and quantity of recommendation forms currently processing. Private schools may send you reminders periodically and notify you on your tour that you might have missing paperwork. R. Roger Rowe School will notify the parents by email as soon as their child’s complete packet is sent to their private school selection prior to the deadline date.
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Team 8606, RSF Intergalactic Dragons – Congratulations!
World FTC Robotics Championship in St. Louis
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R. Roger Rowe School is a combined elementary and middle school located in the Rancho Santa Fe School District of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. It is home to 700 students and boasts small class sizes, outstanding academics, and numerous extra-curricular activities. Contact us for a tour or more information.