The San Ysidro District Board of Education unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement with the California School Employees Association (CSEA), recognizing the commitment and skills of the District’s 154 employee members and further demonstrating the improving financial health of the District.

The agreement mirrors that of the recently approved pact with the San Ysidro Education Association, allowing an average increase in classified staff salary schedule amounts of 6 percent and taking effect retroactive to July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Additionally, the agreement includes an increase in health and welfare benefits.

“We are deeply indebted to the critical year-round support our classified employees bring to the District,” SYSD Superintendent Julio Fonseca said. “With the overall financial health of the District undergoing dramatic improvement, it is imperative that we take the steps necessary to ensure our members are well compensated and secure.”

Classified employees did not receive raises from 2008 to 2012. A one percent increase was offered in 2014-15.

Prior to securing Board approval for the pay raise, the District was required to project that its current year budget estimates would be sufficient to cover the increase in expenditures while maintaining the required 3 percent budget reserve for economic uncertainties.

“Building a positive future for the District is upon providing a competitive wage for the unique talents that our classified staff administer for our students and the San Ysidro community,” SYSD Board President Antonio Martinez said. “We thank all of our faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication.”