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Hart district approves bargaining agreement

Posted: September 2, 2010 11:38 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2010 11:38 a.m.
 

The William S. Hart Union High School District has approved a collective bargaining agreement with its teachers this week, resulting in a shortened school year predicted to save approximately $1.7 million for the cash-strapped district in 2010-11.

Parents and students will notice few changes except at the end of the year, which now is scheduled to end for students on May 26 instead of the originally scheduled June 2.

Graduation ceremonies will now be held from May 19 to 26, and May 27 is designated as a pupil-free work day for teachers.

The new calendar is scheduled to be posted to the district Web site at hartdistrict.org by Friday.

The expected $1.7 million savings is due primarily to cutting the teacher work day by five days.

One of those days, Nov. 12, was already on the school calendar as a non-teaching day. The agreement effectively reduces the school year to 175 days of instruction, as opposed to the former 180-day school year.

The one-year contract agreement approved by the Governing Board at its Wednesday evening meeting also calls for revision of the evaluation instrument which principals use to evaluate teachers.

The revised instrument will be more in line with newly adopted California Standards for the Teaching Profession.

The contract also creates a district Technology Committee, composed of teachers and administrators. The committee will evaluate academic use of technology in the classroom.

Members of the Hart District Teachers Association ratified the tentative agreement by vote of unit members, and approval of the contract by the Hart District's Governing Board makes the agreement official.

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