New contract: Portola Valley teachers' pay will depend on performance


By Barbara Wood

In a radical departure from the way teachers have been paid in the past, Portola Valley School District teachers will soon receive raises based on their performance, advanced training, and their students' performance, and not on the number of years they have been in the district.

Under a contract unanimously approved Wednesday night (May 29) by the district's governing board, starting in the 2013-14 school year the district's teachers will get raises based on annual evaluations and completion of additional training. Step increases based on mere longevity will be phased out over the next two school years while the alternative criteria are phased in.

John Davenport, Portola Valley Teachers Association president, says the new contract is "a rare instance, in which a school district and a teachers' union have come together to redesign the way teachers are evaluated and paid."

District Superintendent Carol Piraino said the new contract is "a real win-win for everybody. ... I think it's great." She said the change will lead to "a really great incentive program."

Superintendent Piraino said only a few other districts she knows of, including those in Denver and in San Jose, have adopted similar contracts.

"My personal belief is it will become the trend and will be where many contracts will go in the future."

According to material prepared for the board showing the cost of the new contract, the teachers' overall pay will increase by 3.5 percent by the 2014-15 school year. Teachers will see no increase in the amount paid toward their medical, vision or dental plans.

New hires will not be eligible for the program for their first two years, but will continue to receive the step increases until they are approved as permanent employees.

The new contract also includes a 1 percent bonus for teachers for the current school year as well as a 1 percent cost-of-living increase.

Click here for the school board meeting material, and go to page 88 to review the new contract.

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Posted by CMS Parent
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Finally !!
Older Teachers at CMS sitting day long on those director's chairs and bored and not doing anything . They will get moving !!

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Posted by William
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

That is nice, but before we get too excited, realize the PV teachers are perhaps the highest paid in the country. The last time PVSD published compensation comparisons, we learned that PV teachers make 37% more than Las Lomitas teachers and 67% more than their peer group. That data starts on page 56 of this document. Web Link
So the Admin/School Board get a PR victory, and the teachers union gets their members another raise. A real victory would have been more give backs from the union to restore the programs cut after last year's budget debacle.

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Posted by PV Parent
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I saw that data when the budget came out. These are the totals in the budget and I'd like to understand per teacher numbers and comparisons to other districts. Have you done the math as to avg salary/benes and what is the salary range? Do you have any more insight?

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Posted by William
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

PV Parent,
They make that data very hard to find. But if you are diligent you can glean that average teacher salary at PVSD was approximately $96k last year. That is down from $103k in 11-12 as they cleared out some of the senior teachers, particularly at CMS. In addition they also got an average pension contribution of $10k and their average medical was $12k. And $4k in other benefits.

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