Members will be asked to vote on the latest tentative agreement reached between our negotiating team and the administration. As with any agreement, there are two parts, compensation (salaries and benefits) and changes in contract language.
Please familiarize yourself with the information provided here. Any questions will be answered via zoom on Monday, November 14th at 4:30 pm. A link for the meeting will be sent out Monday to all members prior to the meeting.
What follows are the the sections of the articles that are pertinent to the agreed upon language changes. Actual changes appear in green. Language that has been deleted appears in light gray. For comparison you can view a copy of the current contract in its entirety by clicking here.
Article 8 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
8.1 Health Insurance
8.1.1 The District shall provide a dollar contribution for the payment of the premium of a health service plan. Any further increase in the cost of the insurance premiums shall be borne by the individual employee, unless increased as a result of negotiation between the parties to this Agreement.
Effective January 1, 2023, the employer maximum contribution for health and welfare benefits (CAP) shall be ten thousand nine hundred dollars ($10,900) for all full-time bargaining unit members and their eligible dependents. The District shall contribute a prorated amount for part-time salaried Unit Members.
8.1.3 Benefits shall include major medical, dental, vision and life insurance.
8.1.4 A Unit Member may opt out of medical, dental, and vision and shall still receive life insurance.
8.1.5 Unit Members are eligible for full fringe benefits on the first of the month following their first day in paid status.
8.2 Joint Insurance Committee
8.2.4 The Joint Insurance Committee shall meet on a regular basis or at least quarterly in order to monitor the health plans. The first meeting date of each calendar year shall be jointly set by the Committee. All future meetings shall be mutually agreed to by the Joint Insurance Committee.
8.2.5 A communication will be sent to Unit Members prior to open enrollment regarding optional coverages and resources. This will include what information may be completed online and what information would require a meeting with a representative. This communication shall be reviewed, prior to distribution, by a representative selected by the Union President and the Director of Risk Management.
8.3 Duration of Benefits
8.3.1 Teachers Unit Members on Board approved leaves of absence without pay shall continue to receive any employee health and welfare benefits for the period of the leave upon timely payment of the premiums to the District.
8.4 Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits
8.4.1 Effective January 1, 2023, the District shall make a maximum contribution of $60,000 for each eligible Unit Member and their eligible dependents to be used toward a district-provided medical insurance plan. The annual (yearly) retiree benefit paid by the District shall not exceed ten thousand nine hundred dollars ($10,900).
8.4.2 To be eligible for the $60,000 contribution, a Bargaining Unit Member must meet the following conditions:
22.214.171.124 Unit Members must be an active employee at the time of board approval and retire into STRS or PERS between the ages of 55 and 61.5;
126.96.36.199.1 Unit Members may elect to complete the academic year in which they turn 61.5;
188.8.131.52.2 Unit Members must submit a letter of resignation and retirement notice by January 31 to be effective on or before June 30 of the same calendar year;
184.108.40.206.3 Be at least the age of fifty-five (55) with fifteen (15) years of service with the Menifee Union School District as a certificated bargaining member;
220.127.116.11.4 The District's contribution shall continue for up to ten (10) years or until the participant becomes Medicare-eligible, or exhaustion of the individual's retiree benefit amount of sixty thousand dollars ($60,000), whichever comes first;
18.104.22.168.5 For the 2022 – 2023 school year, the District shall allow all Unit Members that are active at the time of board approval, between the ages of 55 and 64, and meet the criteria listed in 22.214.171.124 to be eligible for the same benefits as listed in
8.4.1. Eligible Unit Members shall submit a letter of resignation and retirement
notice by April 17 to be effective on or before June 30, 2023.
Article 23 Salaries
23.1 Effective January 1, 2023, all Certificated Salary Schedules in Appendix A
shall be adjusted to reflect an eight point eight six (8.86) percent salary increase
and will be ongoing.
Article 6 ASSOCIATION RIGHTS
6.3 Presidential Release
6.3.1 The Association President shall receive up to forty-five (45) days of fifty percent (50%) release time.
6.3.2 The Association shall reimburse the District the cost of the substitute required to provide release time one-fourth (¼) of row one (1) column IV on salary schedule 117 for presidential release. There shall be no loss of seniority, salary, or benefits.
6.3.3 It is understood that the Association President shall have access to all District sites. Upon arrival at the site, the Association President shall notify the front office of their arrival.
SIDE LETTER OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE MENIFEE
TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND THE MENIFEE UNION SCHOOL
DISTRICT REGARDING PRESIDENTIAL RELEASE TIME
The Menifee Union School District (“District”) and the Menifee Teachers Association (“Association”), jointly known as the Parties (“Parties”), enter into this Side Letter of Agreement to amend Presidential release time.
The parties agree to amend Section 6.3.1 and 6.3.2. in Article 6 Association Rights of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The parties agree the Association President release time shall increase to fifty (50) percent release time of the regular contracted work year in the 2022-2023 school year. The Association shall reimburse the District the cost of one fourth (¼) of row one (1) column IV on salary schedule 117 for presidential release. one-fourth of the Association President’s base salary. The District shall pay the remainder of the Association President’s salary. In addition, the District shall pay for all health and welfare costs up to the cap, as well as all statutory benefits that are paid for by the District on behalf of all of the other bargaining unit members.
The Association President shall be released the last two (2) periods of the duty day. An additional thirty (30) days shall be allocated for release at the Association President’s discretion.
All other provisions of Article 6 shall remain the same.
The parties shall review the cost of the Presidential release time on August 18, 2022.
This Agreement shall constitute the entire agreement of the parties and shall be modified or amended in writing, and signed by both parties. This agreement shall be reviewed by no later than January 12 20, 2023 to review the effectiveness of the additional release time to become memorialized in the collective bargaining agreement.
ARTICLE 11 HOURS
11.1 Work Year (Appendix A)
11.1.5 Speech Language Specialists:
126.96.36.199 Schedule 121; 184 days
11.3 Non-Student Workdays
11.3.6. There shall be two (2) professional development days during the regular work year. Psychologists, Counselors, School Nurses, APE teachers, and Speech Language Specialists shall be excluded from professional development days, unless they are offered training that pertains to them.
188.8.131.52 School nurses’ psychologists, speech language specialists, and any Unit members assigned to more than one site shall not be included on the site supervision duty schedule.
184.108.40.206 Psychologists, speech language specialists, and counselors shall be assigned duty based on site need.
11.8 Minimum Days
11.8.1 The school day will be reduced to a minimum day each Wednesday. The purpose of the minimum day is to allow for collaboration regarding student achievement and best practices as determined by the Superintendent or designee(s).
220.127.116.11 The first and third minimum Wednesday of each calendar month may be used, by administration, for staff meetings, professional development, and/or collaboration meetings.
18.104.22.168.2 The Director of Special Education may call up to 4 agendized special education meetings per year to be scheduled on a district
11.8.2 In grades 1-5, this reduction shall provide one, contiguous, fifty-one (51) minute period every week for teacher preparation. The remainder of the time, seventy-eight three (783) minutes, shall be used as described in Article 11.9.1. The order in which the two periods shall be implemented will be determined by the principal and site leadership. Nothing herein shall preclude the assignment of normal after school duties.
11.9 Elementary School
This shall include transitional kindergarten (TK) through grade five (5) in both Elementary Schools and K-8 School(s)
11.9.1 Unit Members shall have a forty-five (45) minute duty-free lunch period, except on inclement weather day schedules the duty-free lunch period shall be thirty (30) minutes for teachers. On inclement weather days Unit Members shall be free to leave after student dismissal, unless the Unit Member has a previously scheduled meeting or after school duty. If a Unit Member has a previously scheduled meeting or after school duty, he/she the Unit Member may leave after student dismissal on another day.
Article 14 CLASS SIZE
14.1 Considering all appropriate resources and in accordance with Ed Code class size reduction language, school and District administration shall maintain the equitable distribution of the following pupil/teacher ratios in grades TK – 8. Should these ratios be exceeded, the school and District administration shall have thirty (30) instructional days to return pupil/teacher ratios to the listed numerical values.
14.1.1 TK: Contingent upon continued State funding, a site-wide pupil/teacher ratio of 24:1 shall be implemented to meet the requirement set forth in Education Code class size reduction language for TK.
22.214.171.124 Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, each school site shall maintain a ratio of 24:1 in TK with an adult-to-student ratio of 10:1
14.1.2 TK K- 3: Contingent upon continued State funding, a site-wide pupil/teacher ratio of 25:1 shall be implemented to meet the requirement set forth in Education Code class size reduction language for grades TKK-3.
126.96.36.199 TK shall be excluded from the K-3 site-wide pupil/teacher ratio beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.
14.1.3 If the State funding for Class Size Reduction were changed or eliminated, both parties shall meet to negotiate potential ramifications.
Grades 4 – 5
The District shall maintain a District-wide pupil/teacher ratio of 30:1.
Grades 6 – 8
The District shall maintain a District-wide pupil/teacher ratio of 30:1 in core academic classes (English/Language Arts, Math, History/Social Science and Science).
14.2 Physical Education classes at the middle school shall be exempt from the class size limit of thirty (30:1). Considering all appropriate resources, the District shall maintain a pupil/teacher ratio of forty- five to one (45:1).
14.3 Should these ratios exceed, the school and District administration shall have thirty (30) instructional days to return pupil/teacher ratios to the aforementioned numerical values. If the ratios cannot be fixed within the 30 days, the Unit Member shall meet with the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel to discuss possible options. For every two students over, the Unit Member shall receive compensation.
14.3.1 The Unit Member shall be compensated at the Minimum Stipend as reflected in Schedule 108. Payment shall begin on day thirty-one and shall continue monthly until the overage has been corrected.
14.4 Class formation in number and composition shall be fair, equitable, and balanced.
14.5 The Assistant Superintendent of Personnel shall submit a report of district and site averages to the MTA president as requested.
ARTICLE 25 – SPECIAL EDUCATION
25.1.4 “Caseload” refers to the number of students with IEPs to whom the Special Education Service Provider is assigned.
25.1.5 “Co-teaching”, or having two teachers in the classroom, is used to provide an inclusive setting for special-education-students with IEPs while ensuring that they are in the least restrictive environment as recommended by their IEP team. A co-teaching classroom shall include a general education teacher and a special education teacher in the classroom.
25.2 Special Education Caseloads
188.8.131.52 Speech Language Pathologists(SLP): 55 students with IEPs.
Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) with an assigned part-time (50% FTE) SLPA shall service 25 additional students
25.3 Early Childhood Special Education Program
Teachers in the Early Childhood Special Education Program shall be assigned no more than twenty (20) total students with disabilities combined in both morning and afternoon
25.4 Caseload Overage
25.4.1 The Special Education Service Provider’s caseload (25.2.1) shall not exceed the following additional students:
184.108.40.206 SDC = 2
220.127.116.11 RSP = 6 4
18.104.22.168.1 A voluntarily signed Resource Specialist Caseload Waiver is required to increase the Unit Member’s caseload.
22.214.171.124 Adapted PE = 10
126.96.36.199 4 SLP = 10
188.8.131.52.1 To assist with caseload overages Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who has obtained their Certificate of Clinical Competence may be assigned a part-time (50% FTE) SLPA in lieu of receiving the Minimum Stipend. This shall be on a voluntary basis.
184.108.40.206.1.1 The SLP may carry up to 25 additional students with the support of a SLPA.
220.127.116.11.1.2 SLPs that do not have their Certificate of Clinical Competence or choose not to carry a SLPA, shall only be eligible to receive the Minimum Stipend.
25.5 Special Education Workloads
The District and the Association agree on the following to be applied when equitably distributing workloads at each school site.
25.5.1 Specialized Academic Instruction - Includes direct instruction and indirect service such as consultation with general education
teachers, co-teaching, program development/individualization, modification of curriculum, and planning with related service staff.
25.5.2 Assessments and Reassessments - Includes initial assessments, interim assessments, triennial assessments, progress on goals and short-term objectives, and other special education
assessments as needed.
18.104.22.168 When a Special Education Service Provider Psychologist is needed during the summer break to conduct student assessments, outside of summer school or extended school year and prior to the start of the school year, they shall be paid at their per diem rate of pay. This shall be voluntary.
25.11 Conformance with Education Code and Federal Law
In the event that provisions of this Article are modified by changes in Federal law and/or the Education Code, it is agreed that the Joint Special Education Committee will meet to discuss necessary modifications to this Article and shall submit recommendations for change to be negotiated by MTA and MUSD.
SIDE LETTER OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE MENIFEE
TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND THE MENIFEE UNION SCHOOL
DISTRICT REGARDING THE JOINT SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The Menifee Union School District (“District”) and the Menifee Teachers Association (“Association”), jointly known as the Parties (“Parties”), enter into this Side Letter of Agreement to convene a Joint Special Education Committee.
The parties agree to meet and confer up to four (4) times during the 2022- 2023 school year regarding special education program descriptions and grade spans.
This Agreement shall constitute the entire agreement of the parties and shall only be modified or amended in writing, and signed by both parties. This agreement shall be reviewed no later than February 24, 2023 to review special education program descriptions and grade spans and discuss the impacts. The official document shall be placed in the appendix of the CBA.