1. What is "Amplify"?
On November 1, 2022, we will be launching a new before and after school program called “Amplify” in partnership with YMCA at eight of our school sites. The hours of operation in the morning will be from 6:30 AM to the start of school, and in the afternoon from the end of school until 6:00 PM.
Launching November 1:
Barrett - El Toro - Los Paseos - Nordstrom - Paradise - San Martin/Gwinn - JAMM - PA Walsh
Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may attend for FREE! If your student does not qualify for free and reduced lunch, the cost will be a flat rate of $200 per month, per student.
Please click here to find out if your student is eligible for free and reduced lunch.
If interested in joining the before and/or after school program, please complete this pre-registration form. The YMCA staff will reach out to you to complete your registration process. Your student is not considered “enrolled” until the final steps have been completed with the YMCA. If you have any questions please contact the school site coordinator listed here.
* Programs will be launching soon for Britton and Martin Murphy Middle Schools in partnership with Youth Alliance. We will keep you updated as the program expands.
2. How does MHUSD revenue per student compare to other unified school districts in our county?
Unrestricted funds are generated primarily by the Local Control Funding Formula and are available for the general operational needs of the district such as classroom teachers, site administrators, and custodians. Restricted funds come from other state and federal sources and are available only for use on the programs and for the purposes they are granted, for example textbooks or special education services.
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3. How does MHUSD teacher pay compare to other districts in our county?
Last year, all employees received a 7.5% salary increase. Although we have not settled negotiations with MHFT this year, we have settled with our two other bargaining groups (MHCEA for 9% and MHELA for 7.11% - total package.) We also have offered 9% to MHFT. If the offer were to be accepted, below are examples of the impact it will have on the salary schedule (depending on the number of years in our district when compared to the peer group we have used since 2018.)
4. Clarifying teacher compensation for working during one of their prep periods.
Over the past couple of weeks, some misinformation has been circulated regarding the compensation for two high school teachers, who are teaching during one of their two preparation times. The misinformation implies that the District does not value the important efforts our teachers and staff undertake on an everyday basis.
As I have regularly shared, what you, our teachers and staff, do for our students is literal magic. On a daily basis your efforts increase our students’ belief in themselves and those efforts can catapult them academically by four years (Hattie’s variables).
Teacher planning time is also incredibly important, which is why we doubled preparation time to two periods at the high school and, I believe for the first time ever, provided planning time during the school day for our elementary teachers. Middle school– we were not able to enhance preparation time, but it remains on my radar. I look forward to addressing it in the future.
With respect to the two high school teachers who are currently assigned to teach an additional class in lieu of one of their preparation periods, these teachers are paid the contractual miscellaneous hourly rate, not the substitute rate as some have stated. While the district and our MHFT partners engaged in negotiation, the District has offered several options for compensation including a lump sum as well as various percentages per class.
During negotiations with MHFT, on September 14, 2022, the District proposed to compensate teachers who teach an additional class an additional .20 (20%) of annual salary for the 2022-2023 school year and .17 (17%) of annual salary for the 2023-2024 school year and beyond. The difference between .20 and .17 is to compensate teachers who teach during one of two preparation periods and is proportional to the number of the total periods (7) in a school day or 1/7th of a day (even though this equates to .14 or 14%, we offered to raise it to .17 ongoing).
UPDATE: We are happy to report that teachers who choose to work during their prep will be compensated at .2 or 20% of their salary.
Thank you for continuing to believe in all of our students!