McKinleyville school district signs tentative teachers' contract, two board members resign

A tentative contract agreement was signed Tuesday by the McKinleyville Union School District and the McKinleyville Teachers Association, which have recently been through several rounds of negotiations and were headed toward fact finding.

The terms of the agreement are as follows: a 3 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2013; an increase of $700 for health/welfare benefits for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years; and an increase to $600 for a moving stipend for 2014, which will be paid until the classroom is done being moved and will then revert back to $200 on July 1, 2015.

Other changes came for the district, with board members John and Mary McCarthy tendering their resignations on Monday amid a recall request by a group of unhappy parents, who have started a Facebook page called "Recall McKinleyville School Board Members." The parent group was started because of the discontent with the district's recent decision to reconfigure Dow's Prairie and Morris Elementary– which divided students based on grade level.

There is a special board meeting at 7 p.m. today to discuss the resignations and the reconfiguration plan. The meeting will take place at Azalea Conference Center, behind McKinleyville Middle School on Central Avenue and Pickett Road.

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