Local News in Brief : Educators Accept Las Virgenes Pact

The Las Virgenes Educators Assn. has voted to accept a three-year contract providing a 7.7% pay increase for all teachers, counselors and librarians, Las Virgenes School District Supt. Albert G. Marley said Friday.

Marley said negotiations and mediation this week led to the approval of the contract for the professional staff in the 7,650-student school system west of the San Fernando Valley. The contract includes a commitment on the part of the school district to ensure that salaries are competitive with those in other school districts with financing similar to Las Virgenes, Marley said.

Las Virgenes teachers now earn an average of $27,444 a year. During their seven-year dispute with the school district, the teachers' union claimed district employees were among the lowest paid in the county.

Through most of the negotiations, the union had insisted on a 10.2% raise, despite district claims that the money was not available.

The settlement, achieved with the help of state mediators, will lengthen the Las Virgenes school year, Marley said. Pay increases will be retroactive to last September, the beginning of the school year, he said.

Leaders of the employees' group could not be reached for comment.

The school district has scheduled a special meeting Monday evening to vote on the contract, Marley said.

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