The District has proposed to all unions a Early Retirement Incentive.
Looking forward to the 2011-2012 fiscal year, it is undeniable that the Sweetwater Union High School District (District) continues to face unprecedented funding cuts and pressing economic burdens. At this time, the District is projecting a budget shortfall of nearly $25 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, with additional cuts likely to continue over the next few years and with no foreseeable funding increases for 2011-2012 or 2012-2013.
In light of these challenging economic times, the District proposes the following Early Retirement Incentive (ERI), hoping to offset the District’s ever increasing budget deficits while simultaneously offering a significant benefit to retiring unit members and assuring continued stability and prosperity for the unit members remaining with the District in 2011-2012 and beyond. In order to realize the desired savings, the District’s proposal is seeking to eliminate approximately 40 positions from the classified services through retirement and attrition, with the District and CSEA negotiating the impacts and effects of eliminating said positions as the parties learn who is retiring and which positions may ultimately be eliminated. In exchange for elimination of approximately 40 positions from the classified services, the District proposes to withdraw its calendar proposal regarding furlough days and is prepared to guarantee that, upon agreement to the terms outlined below and with a sufficient number of classified employees retiring through the ERI, the District will not be issuing any layoff notices to CSEA’s unit members for the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
Here is a copy of their inital offer.