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Patience pays off

Hart teachers receive retroactive raise

Posted: September 15, 2008 9:52 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.

About 2.5 million of additional revenues will allow the Hart district to pay teachers their retroactive 2-percent raises dating back to July 1, 2007.

"Because of the cost controls that we implemented last year and by reducing the amount that the general fund had to contribute to restricted programs, we are showing a balance $2.5 million higher than projected," said Sue Guthrie, chief financial officer for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

The payment of the raises, which will cost the district around $1.9 million, should take six to eight weeks to process, Guthrie said.

"We will be bringing this to the board (Wednesday) to show them how we are going to do it, but the board has already approved the (Memorandum Of Understanding) that said we would process the retroactive payments as soon as we have the money," Guthrie said.

The Hart District Teachers Association agreed to wait for its retroactive raise payments in March so the district budget would not be in the red when it filed its budget with the The Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools. At the time, Hart District Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Personnel Rochelle Neal called the teachers' actions "a huge concession" and the board voted to give the teachers their raises as soon as funds became available.


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