Modesto City Schools' 1,300 support staff will vote Aug. 8 on a new three-year contract.
The district's deal with the California School Employees Association Modesto Chapter would restore salaries to pre-recession highs and eliminates furlough days except for preschool staff, according to materials prepared by the union.
Provisions of the contract include:
Discipline: The position of intervention coordinator is being created to do the boots-on-the-ground work of lowering suspension and expulsion rates. The grants-funded job entails meeting with affected families, doing reports on intervention efforts, training school staff and providing information to the community on programs to improve behavior and resolve conflicts.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Modesto Bee
Schools: Administrative assistant positions will replace principal secretaries at schools, said union President Aaron Castro. The new job duties include serving as a point person for public inquiries, tracking paperwork for substitutes and stipends, and serving as office manager.
Grounds: An additional groundskeeper will work half time at Gregori High and half time roving among schools.
District office: A new position of head custodian for the district office will replace the existing job. It will become a management position, no longer a part of the union, said Craig Rydquist, associate superintendent of human resources.
The deal marks an end to the impasse declared in April when the district was seeking more than 3 percent in permanent salary cuts and a number of other concessions. Since then, the state's higher revenue estimates and a boost in funding from the Local Control Funding Formula have improved Modesto City Schools' bottom line.
CSEA covers most non-teaching district employees, including bus drivers, secretaries, custodians and cafeteria workers.