FHEA Contract Information

Frequently Ask Questions

How many teachers will actually be receiving the one step advancement and the 2 percent raise for 2018-19?This contract provides a 2% raise for more than 1,200 FHSD certified staff members, 97.5% of our teachers.

How is a two percent raise really supporting our teachers?
The decisions the Board and the District have to make with a limited budget are incredibly difficult. We have to provide a safe environment for our students and staff, continue to deploy innovative curriculum, and attract and retain quality employees – all while being fiscally responsible. For the 2018-19 school year, you will see improved technology, placement of emotional support counselors to assist struggling students, a two percent salary increase for the vast majority of teachers, increased pay for most after-duty positions, and additional funding to support our current level of medical, dental, and vision benefits for our staff.

If FHSD has such a high fund balance, why don’t we spend some of it?
Currently, the District is anticipating fund balance reserves of a little over 20 percent. This amount is lower than our benchmark districts and necessary to finance ongoing operations and pay our bills without having to borrow funds.

Why did the Board of Education approve capital improvements instead of giving teachers a salary increase?
At the April 19 Board of Education meeting, the Board did not approve a facility upgrade or any funding in that area. They approved a motion to allow FHSD to enter into negotiations with an architectural firm to evaluate the cost of a facility master plan. We are asking the firm to review all of the facility issues across the District, rank them based on needs, and provide estimates for repair and/or construction costs. We need this type of information to plan efficiently given our limited funding.

For clarity and transparency, it is the intent of the Board that if the negotiations are successful, FHSD would enter into a contract with the firm to create a long-range facilities master plan.

Why did the Board move their meeting from May 3 to April 26?
There was never a Board meeting scheduled for May 3, and we are unsure why this date was communicated. Based on the limited funding available after three failed tax increase levy requests and the anxiety created from an unresolved situation, the Board felt it was best to vote on the salary increase ASAP and move forward.

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