Fact-Finding Hearing Held October 2nd, Strike Votes Continue
On Monday, October 2, 2017 after more than 30 bargaining session and 51 weeks of negotiations we met before a fact-finding panel as the next step in our effort to make Sac City the Destination District for California. Click here for our presentation: SCTA Fact Finding Presentation 2017-2018
The most relevant facts we presented were as follows:
- As of September 15, 2017, there were 119 available vacancies among the certificated staff represented by SCTA.
- The District revenue has increased by 51% since the 2012-13 school year, from $379,896,678 to $573,739,040 in 2017-18.
- The District reserves have increased by 320% since July 1, 2013, increasing from $19,409,345 to $81,466,807 as of June 30, 2017.
- Class sizes in Sac City are significantly higher than surrounding districts.
- The ratio of students to professional support staff including nurses, psychologists, and language, speech and hearing specialists is significantly higher than for comparable and surrounding districts.
The District acknowledged the hiring crisis when current board president Jay Hansen and the former superintendent conceded that absence of wage increases “puts students at risk, as the district’s ability to retain and recruit high quality teachers for the next school year is impacted every day pay raises do not take effect.”
In the meantime, strike votes continue. To date with approximately half of all schools voting, educators are approving a strike by a 98% margin.