Clovis Unified workers will regain lost pay

Employees in Clovis Unified will regain 2% of their salary that was lost to budget cuts as of July 1.

The district is using about $7 million in federal economic stimulus money to restore the salaries.

The money can only be used to rehire teachers, re-establish programs or restore pay cuts. All Clovis Unified employees had agreed to take the pay cuts. The district did not lay off full-time employees.

The Clovis Unified School District board voted 7-0 Wednesday night on a recommendation from its Employee Compensation Committee to restore the 2% in pay. The district's three furlough days remain in place.

The agreement that district employees signed last year also mandates a 2% pay cut and three furlough days for the 2011-12 school year. That remains in place.

But that pay reduction may also be amended later, said Maurine Taylor, president of the district's faculty senate, which represents about 1,800 Clovis Unified teachers.

"The message we are trying to send out right now is that this is the most conservative, worst-case scenario" for 2011-12, she said.

The California Service Employees Association, which represents about 450 district employees, approved the salary restoration early Wednesday. Because their approval came too late to be included on Wednesday's agenda, the board will take up the matter in October.

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