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Pajaro Valley Teachers Call for Support
by Santa Cruz County News
Sunday Feb 25th, 2018 10:55 PM
Pajaro Valley teachers are asking for assistance from the greater community as mediation with Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) continues. Teachers have circulated English and Spanish informational flyers (which can be downloaded below) to share with parents and community members. The flyer states: "We are losing teachers to other school districts that pay better than PVUSD. Our schools are having trouble replacing them. Your children, our students, are suffering because of this financial disparity." Teachers have been negotiating with the district for a new contract since December 7, 2016.
According to teachers, the Superintendent of PVUSD has claimed there is "no evidence that teachers are leaving the district for surrounding districts due to their offer of higher salaries", yet PVUSD has averaged 60 unfilled/uncredentialed positions for most of the 2017/2018 school year. Teachers are asking, "Are you comfortable with your child being educated by a long-term sub or a teacher without a credential?"

The informational flyer lists several points of fact:

* PVUSD is one of the lowest paying school districts in the area.
* When teachers' salaries go up, so do other salaries in the community.
* Research shows that high teacher turnover negatively affects academic success.
* Higher teacher compensation is linked to better teacher candidates.

Negotiation updates can be read on the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers website:

Teachers are asking community members to call, email, or text the following message to the PVUSD Board of Trustees and the district Superintendent: “Keep our teachers in PVUSD with a fair salary increase now.”

* Dr. Michelle Rodriguez, PVUSD Superintendent
831-786-2135 :: superintendent [at]

* Leslie DeRose, President PVUSD Board of Trustees
831-332-6053 :: leslie_derose [at]

Other ways to help Pajaro Valley teachers:

* Join the PVUSD Board Meetings:

Wednesday, February 28th
Wednesday, March 14th
Wednesday, March 28th

The location of the meeting is announced 72 hours prior to meeting (check website:

* Rally in front of District Office before Mediation Session on Friday, March 2nd from 6:45-8:15 am at 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville.

* CONTACT the representative from your footprint. Who’s my trustee:

* VOTE in the November 2018 School Board Elections! Four board seats will be open 2018

Trustee Area 1 (Kim De Serpa)
Trustee Area 4 (Willie Yahiro)
Trustee Area 5 (Leslie DeRose)
Trustee Area 7 (Jeff Ursino)

* Request and display a sign for your yard, window or car:
§Informational flyer in English
by Santa Cruz County News Sunday Feb 25th, 2018 10:55 PM
§Informational flyer in Spanish
by Santa Cruz County News Sunday Feb 25th, 2018 10:55 PM
§Gauge the Stage of Collective Bargaining
by Santa Cruz County News Sunday Feb 25th, 2018 10:55 PM