Joint Statement from SCUSD and SCTA on Two-Year Contract Agreement

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The 鶹Ƶ City Unified School District (SCUSD) and the 鶹Ƶ City Teachers Association (SCTA) have reached agreement on a two-year contract that runs through June 30, 2025.

The agreement reflects the District’s commitment to supporting students’ learning by hiring and retaining the finest educators, reducing class sizes, adding classroom staff, and providing additional services to our students with disabilities. It also ensures SCTA unit members will remain the highest compensated educators in the greater 鶹Ƶ region. 

The two-year agreement includes the following compensation enhancements:

  • 6% ongoing salary increase for the current 2023-2024 academic year, retroactive to July 1, 2023. (Amount calculated as 4%, plus reallocated 2% from a pre-funding retiree health insurance contribution.)
     
  • 2% ongoing salary increase for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The contract also includes significant class size reductions and staffing improvements that will benefit students for years to come: 

  • Maximum class sizes will be reduced to 30 students in grades 4-6, with a joint committee to address implementation challenges (previous max of 33).
     
  • Beginning with the 2025-2026 academic year, maximum secondary (grades 7-12) class sizes will be reduced to 32 students in core secondary subjects of English, math, science, and social studies (previous max of 35).
      
  • Staff all secondary schools with a librarian.
     
  • Hire additional school nurses and Behavior Intervention Specialists to support the social emotional needs of students.
     
  • Change the SCTA hiring timeline and provide greater flexibility for hiring managers so more schools are fully staffed for the start of each academic year.

“This agreement affirms Sac City Unified’s commitment to providing our students with the staffing support and resources they need to thrive and succeed,” said Interim Superintendent Lisa Allen. “It also enables District staff to put their full focus toward improving student  achievement and outcomes.” 

“Our students benefit from teachers, librarians, nurses and countless other school staff who lovingly and carefully support their academic growth and overall well-being,” said SCUSD Board President Lavinia Phillips. “The SCUSD Board appreciates the proactive work of both negotiations teams to reach an agreement and is proud to announce that the District and SCTA have reached an agreement that will increase compensation for teachers who work daily with our students, reduce class sizes, and increase the number of librarians, school nurses, and others who help to meet the needs of the whole child.”

“It is a positive step for our District and SCTA to have an agreement in place for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years,” Phillips continued. “We applaud both negotiations teams on their collaborative efforts to reach this agreement. This agreement will further contribute to SCUSD’s development as a destination district and continue to attract high-quality educators to serve SCUSD students as well as address the ongoing teacher hiring shortage.”

“We have the opportunity to make significant improvements to students’ learning conditions, while simultaneously making Sac City Unified a great place for educators to make a career,” said Nikki Milevsky, a school psychologist and President of the 鶹Ƶ City Teachers Association. “Sac City leaders are proving that when they work with educators great things can happen.”