The San Mateo-Foster City School District and the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association (SMETA) are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement was reached on a successor contract on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The agreement will become effective upon ratification by SMETA members and the Governing Board. The agreement, which covers the 625 teachers and support staff, will be in effect through June 30, 2019. Highlights of the tentative agreement include:
- Salary increases that include 5% retroactive to July 1, 2016 and 3% increase retroactive to July 1, 2017
- Increases to teacher stipends
- Increase to hourly pay rate for supplemental work
Board President, Chelsea Bonini stated, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our teachers on a salary increase and contract renewal prior to entering the lengthy Fact Finding process. The well-being and success of our students, with their classroom teachers and site staff as their most valuable resources, is always our primary focus. We could not be happier to resolve these negotiations before the new Board takes office on December 1, 2017.”
SMETA President, Julie MacArthur said, “I am pleased that the negotiations have concluded and that we were able to work together to make budgeting choices that reflect the important work teachers do and that recognizes their value to the community.” She also expressed sincere gratitude for the support SMETA received from the parent community during negotiations and recognized their important role in making this agreement possible.
The final agreement is a product of the San Mateo-Foster City School District and SMETA working together to reach mutually acceptable compromises on difficult issues. The District and SMETA look forward to continuing to work together to address the needs of our students.