“We need to pay our employees competitive salaries,” he added. In addition to the pay raise, the district will pay all increased costs for insurance premiums. “This is as close to the COLA (cost-of-living allowance from the state) as we could get,” said Theresa Stacer, president of the Norwalk-La Mirada chapter of the California School Employees Association. “In the past, we kept giving up (money) to pay for health costs,” Stacer said. “This year, we didn’t do that.” Stacer said it’s also good to be settling so early. “It’s one of the shortest negotiating periods we’ve had,” she said. “You don’t want to be dealing with negotiations when school is open.” Total cost of the entire contract is estimated at $5.5 million. Superintendent Ginger Shattuck said the district can afford the additional expense in part because of a projected $25.6 million reserve with its $185.9 million budget. “Employees really deserve to get a raise as close to the COLA,” she said. This year’s COLA is 4.5 percent. Still, district officials will need to be careful in future spending, Shattuck said. Enrollment continues to decline. In the last three years, the district has lost 1,567 students. Declining enrollment has cost Norwalk-La Mirada Unified about $9 million in revenue. This year, enrollment was projected to decline by about 550 students, but so far the numbers are only down by about 400 students, Shattuck said. Shattuck praised the two employee associations for being able to settle in September. “They understood the impact of declining enrollment and not coming in asking for anything outrageous,” she said. Norwalk-La Mirada Unified [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Less than a month into the school year, the school district and its employee groups agreed to a contract that will give a 4 percent pay raise. The board of education on Tuesday unanimously approved the contracts with the teachers and the classified employees association. “I’m delighted that we’ve come to agreement on the contract so quickly,” board President Ed Hengler said. Hengler said the contract will enable the District to get off to a good start academically and allow teachers to concentrate on student achievement.
1 It’s been a long old campaign for Chelsea, but Loic Remy made sure it ended with yet another bang earlier today.The newly crowned Premier League champions have been putting in the air miles since they got their hands on the most important trophy in English football by expanding their brand in Southeast Asia and Australia.Manager Jose Mourinho fielded a strong line up against Sydney FC, who finished runners up in the A-League this season, and a wonderstrike from the French striker, plus a typically shrewd defensive display, wrapped things up for the Blues in a 1-0 win.Is this the best goal the 28-year-old has scored during his career for the south west Londoners? It’s definitely up there in our book. Loic Remy