Lake Tahoe school board approves classified contract |

Lake Tahoe school board approves classified contract

Lake Tahoe Unified School District classified employees will be making a little more money this year.

The Board of Education ratified a tentative agreement Tuesday between the California School Employees Association Chapter No. 286 and the district which provides for a 5.3 percent increase on the 2000-01 salary schedule.

The association approved the terms of the contract Sept. 20, leaving the final step in the ratification process in the hands of the school board.

District Superintendent Dr. Diane Scheerhorn thanked the CSEA negotiating team members for their role in collaborative bargaining.

“I would like to compliment the classified staff for the work that was done (in negotiations,)” Scheerhorn said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “It was done in a very short period of time and I commend the union.”

According to the terms of the contract, both parties agreed to reopen salary discussions within 60 days if any other bargaining unit receives a higher salary percentage package for 2000-01.

The district changed its health insurance carrier to Central Valley Trust, so wording in the new agreement was clarified in regard to health benefits.

The contract now reads, “All probationary and permanent classified employees working 30 hours per week or more on a regularly assigned basis shall receive full coverage. Classified employees working at least four but less than six hours per day on a regularly assigned basis prior to Oct. 27, 1982 shall receive full benefits.”

Other issues covered under the new agreement include a cafeteria plan, capped at $6,804.48 per year, and compensation for the 2000 Labor Day holiday for classified employees in paid status on Sept. 11, 2000.

Association President Jeff Keyser addressed the board during the staff comment section of the meeting.

“I’d like to thank the board for our salary increases and I’d like to thank Dr. Scheerhorn for attending our meeting,” Keyser said. “Nice touch.”

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