Tracy Unified School District Master Agreement

TRACY – A three-year contract in which Brian Stephens was named the next superintendent of schools Tracy Unified was approved Tuesday night by the district school board with an abstention and absence. In addition, the Board of Directors unanimously approved a preliminary agreement with its teachers` union, which grants them a 3 per cent pay increase retroactive to July 1. 2013.Stephens, currently superintendent of the Delhi Unified District School in Merced County, will officially take the reins of retired Tracy Superintendent James Franco on July 1. Stephens` allowance will include $180,000 per year for 225 working days plus annual scholarships of $1,697 for his master`s degree and $3,395 for his doctorate in education; $500 per month for personal vehicle costs, plus an additional $500 per month for district incidental costs; $8,162 worth of health care and 22 days off and 12 sick days per year. The board also approved a plan that will pay Stephens $800 a day – his daily allowance based on his new salary – up to 10 days until the end of June to work with Franco during his change of management. It was very nice of the board to do that,” Stephens said in a brief interview Wednesday. He was unable to attend Tuesday night`s board meeting as it collided with the Delhi Unified board meeting.¬†I think Tracy Unified has an excellent reputation and I hope to be able to complete that reputation in some way,” Stephens said. “I think teaching is a difficult job. We hold teachers to a high standard. We need to support good teachers and make children our priority.

So I think our results will be very good.¬†Stephens, who spent most of his teaching and administrative career in schools in Humboldt County, in the far northwest corner of the state, began leading The Delhi District of 2,600 Students in 2011. In Tracy, he will lead a much larger district, responsible for the training of 17,500 students and the mentoring of more than 700 teachers, as well as a large support staff. Stephens received his Ph.D. in organizational management from the University of La Verne. a master of arts in education administration and an administrative degree from Humboldt State University; his California teaching in social sciences at Sonoma State University; and a bachelor`s degree in economics from the University of California, Davis.He said he and his family are excited to move soon to Tracy, including his daughter, who will be a senior high school student. While five proxies voted for Stephens` contract, Board member Kelly Lewis was absent and Walter Gouveia abstained, hoping it would serve as a public statement, that the county would have to do better missions reflecting its students. Considering the demographics of Tracy Unified School District – especially from kindergarten to fifth grade – it`s 47 percent Hispanic, 28.6 percent English learners, including at least 30 different languages and cultures,” Gouveia said Wednesday afternoon in an interview to explain why he didn`t vote on Stephens` contract. I have no problem with his qualifications or him as a human being,” he said.

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