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Teachers ratify contract with school district

March 06, 2002|By DORA DEPAOLI

Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — There is joy among the teachers in the Carrot Capital after the ratification of a contract between the Holtville Unified School District and the Holtville Teachers Association.

Negotiations on the package concluded Feb. 26 and is retroactive to July 2001. The 9 percent raise includes a 6.2 salary schedule increase and 2.8 percent benefits cost increase. The new contract is in effect until June 30.

HUSD board Chairman Marv Wood said the salary increase was a unanimous decision by the board.

"I think it is time to celebrate. The teachers are some of our most valuable resources and whenever we have an opportunity to enhance their condition it is always a goal. … All districts are faced with limited finances and unlimited needs, and when we have two parties agree this is indeed a time to celebrate."


HTA president Debra Fargo said the bargaining team is "pleased the negotiations are over with. We are pleased with the amount we received, however, we would have liked a longer contract. … We will be submitting proposals to the board by May 1."

Fargo said the negotiating team's dealings with new district Superintendent Pat Maruca "have been very professional. She listens to us and is concerned about what we have to say. She is a very positive administrator."

The HTA's head negotiator was Andara Macdonald. Team members included Pauline Downs, Mary Davis, David Avila and Fargo. Negotiating for the district was San Diego attorney Richard Currier.

The cost to the district to cover the total compensation package is $450,000.

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