September 14, 2023
Dear Lafayette Community,
We deeply value our teachers and staff, and firmly believe they are the most important asset to our District and our students’ learning. As you may know, for the past six months, we have been meeting regularly with the Lafayette Education Association to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for our teachers and other certificated staff members. Our primary goal has been to provide significant ongoing compensation increases that will allow us to attract and retain staff and stay competitive with surrounding districts while remaining fiscally sound.
- A 12% salary increase for all teachers
- Additional compensation increases for both new teachers and longest-serving LAFSD teachers
- Significant additional pay increases for teachers who joined the Lafayette School District without receiving full credit for their previous work experience in other districts
- Additional paid preparation time for elementary teachers
The District’s offer makes teachers in Lafayette strongly competitive in our area, with salaries placing us at 1st or 2nd highest in Walamorinda in 23-24.
In total, the District’s offer of 12% for all teachers, and significantly more for many, means that our teachers have received at least a 17% pay increase over the last three years, which is in line with our neighboring districts.
*settled as part of a 2 year agreement in June 2021
We met with the LEA team this afternoon and were disappointed to learn that they rejected our proposal.
We remain hopeful that we can reach an agreement with LEA that balances our shared desire to value our teachers and maintain a fiscally sound budget that safeguards the student programs that make our schools as special as they are.
We value engagement with the community about this important topic. We are committed to keeping our community informed and being transparent and open about our budget, how our District is funded, and our shared priorities. For more information, join us this Monday, September 18 at 6pm on Zoom for a Budget Presentation.
On behalf of the Lafayette School District and the Lafayette School District Governing Board:
Brent Stephens, Superintendent
Suzy Pak, Governing Board President
Meredith Meade, Governing Board Clerk
Rob Sturm, Governing Board Member
Dave Smith, Governing Board Member
Katy Foreman, Governing Board Member