FSTO Negotiations Update

for SHHS

Board Pack on 2/9/2016

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Letters to School Board Members

Board Member's Home Addresses

Marilyn Buchi

3501 Rosehedge Dr.

Fullerton, CA 92835


Barbara Kilponen

870 Rancho Circle

Fullerton, CA 92835


Andy Montoya

219 S. Edgar Ave

Fullerton, CA 92831


Robert Singer, Ph.D.

401 E. Dorothy Dr.

Fullerton, CA 92831


Robert N. Hathaway

1207 Miramar Dr.

Fullerton, CA 92831

Board Member's Email Addresses

Marilyn Buchi

mbuchi@fjuhsd.org


Barbara Kilponen

bkilponen@fjuhsd.org


Andy Montoya

amontoya@fjuhsd.org


Robert Singer Ph.D.

bsinger@fjuhsd.org


Robert N. Hathaway

rhathaway@fjuhsd.org

Sample Letter

Mr/s. _________,

I am troubled by the lack of progress made in our contract negotiations. I am Chris Heaton and have proudly served this district since I was hired to teach science in 1989 at Troy High School. Like many of my peers at the time, we left other districts for the higher salaries offered at FJUHSD. I can still recall the shock to my former principal when I left the Whittier District. In retrospect, it was smart decision. And that is what brings me to write to you today.

At that time FJUHSD was able to invest in the best talent available in the teaching pool. Instead of closing Troy High School with the loss of Yorba Linda students, this became a magnet school, and the rest of the story is well known. When I think of student teachers who must choose where to apply, they will be thinking about compensation. Fullerton will no longer be at the top of their list. Rather than attract the most talented, we will probably get good teachers, but we won’t get the top of the class. They will be hired early by another district. The effect of not having the most competitive salaries is detrimental for many other reasons.

The present teaching culture is to be of the greatest service to our students, to the best of our ability, every day. This is especially meaningful as my youngest daughter will graduate from Troy this year. Her matriculation through the classrooms of my peers, has given me greater insight into their dedication, than any metrics, accolades given in board meetings, or anecdotal comments. When she asked teachers for letters of recommendation for admissions to Universities or scholarships, they smiled at me in passing. These are people who love kids, and go the extra distance to help them accomplish their dreams.

This culture of positive contribution to our students is being undermined by contract negotiations. I feel betrayed and insulted by the lack of fair compensation given the economic health of the District, and present economy. This feeling is being voiced by respected faculty. It is difficult to listen to concepts such as “working to the contract”. That language is being interpreted by every staff member in ways to express their dissatisfaction with the present negotiations. When I hear that letters of recommendation will not be written, it breaks my heart for every student that deserves a chance to be accepted to the university s/he has worked so hard to earn. They could be talking about limiting my daughter’s chances! When I hear that teachers will be less available to help struggling students, I wonder, who will help them? When staff won’t contribute to WASC, I wonder whether our new administrative staff knows enough to write an accurate portrayal of this school. We are being asked to do what is unnatural to our culture. We are being asked to reduce our passion for this community. It is like being asked to stop loving whole-heartedly.

When we were asked to brainstorm every conceivable way to reduce expenses during the economic downturn, we didn’t like it, but the sacrifices made the community stronger. We haven’t seen a raise in seven years. Morale is sinking among the teaching staff. The rising economic tide is evident in comparable districts all around us. FJUHSD should continue to be the destination District that made it such a great place to work and raise a family.

Thank You,

Chris Heaton


Troy High School