The Modesto City Schools Board on Monday will be asked to vote on a contract for its managers, discuss completed facility repairs and approve a $3.5 million plan to upgrade technology infrastructure.
The move to 10-gigabyte capability at all its schools will be completed by June 30, notes an agenda item. The phone and data upgrades are being made in advance of an anticipated shift to online textbooks over the next few years. The systems reboot is part of a previously approved e-rate contract.
In line with its increased tech capability, the district is proposing adding two tech administrative job descriptions, a prelude to hiring. Pay for the position of systems and applications analyst would range from $77,000 to $85,000. Pay for the position of systems and applications manager would range from $85,000 to $94,000.
The improvements come on top of $6.8 million spent on more mundane repairs over the last year. New roofs, fresh paving, remade cafeteria floors and replacement of failing refrigeration equipment added up to the total, notes an agenda report on completed maintenance.
The managers’ 2015-16 contract up for approval includes a 4 percent raise and health cap increase, in line with what school support staff represented by the Modesto chapter of the California School Employees Association received in its contract. The total cost for the managers group contract is $794,680 for the year, with pay retroactive to July 1. Managers includes principals and district office administrators below cabinet level.
The district has not settled with its teachers union for the 2015-16 year. Whatever increase they get will be reduced by about 1 percent higher retirement contributions this year to the California State Teachers Retirement System. The district must also factor in a 2.5 percent increase on the employer’s side.
Reached by email, Modesto Teachers Association President Doug Burton did not comment on ongoing negotiations, but did say higher pay would ultimately help students.
“Higher salaries would help all of our schools by recruiting and retaining the best teachers available. Unfortunately MCS is no longer the prized job it once was in the county. Many teachers are leaving for other districts and we are not attracting good new teachers,” he wrote.