Ocean View School District Approves 10% Wage Increase for All Employees

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The Ocean View School District Board of Trustees approved a 10 percent pay raise for all district employees at its Tuesday night meeting.

The historic salary increase was part of the contract between the district and the Ocean View Teachers Assn. for the 2022-23 school year.

In a 4-to-1 vote, President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Vice President Patricia Singer, Administrator John Briscoe, and Clerk Jack Souders voted to approve the contract. Administrator Norm Westwell was in opposition.

The contract includes an ongoing 10% salary increase and an ongoing 2% benefit increase, retroactive to July 1. The district hasn’t been able to provide a double-digit raise to its employees for more than 20 years, Clayton-Tarvin said.

In fact, she says, when she was first elected to the board in 2012, district employees hadn’t received a raise in several years and the relationship between the board and the work groups was particularly bad.

“We felt like if the money was given to us and we were in good financial shape, and we know we’re at the bottom of the payroll in Orange County, it’s time,” he said. she declared. “There was no better time in the history of the Ocean View School District to offer this type of compensation than now.”

The Ocean View School District has two preschools, 10 elementary schools, and four middle schools. It largely serves Huntington Beach, but also has campuses in Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Midway City.

Gina Clayton-Tarvin, the current Ocean View School District Board Chair, walks around a room at Marine View Middle School in November 2021.

(Scott Smeltzer / staff photographer)

The district has 885 employees, said Trish Montgomery, public information officer for OVSD. According to the new salary scale for 2022-2023, teachers would be paid between $49,092 and $121,546 per year, depending on the years worked and the diplomas/titles and units obtained.

All employees in the district were also moved from a beneficiary association of voluntary employees. (VEBA) trust a CalPERS health insurance plan.

“About two-thirds of our employees are going to get an extra $300 to $500 in their pocket a month that they should have paid because our benefits were so bad,” Clayton-Tarvin said. “It was all the great genius of creative thinking and negotiation of [Supt.] Dr Michael Conroy.

Conroy noted in a statement that times are tough economically, with high rates of inflation.

“Increased wages and better benefits for our employees couldn’t come at a more fortuitous time,” Conroy said. “I want to sincerely thank our board for making this possible.”

The OVSD graduate and classified unions have unanimously approved the new global compensation contract.

Clayton-Tarvin praised the state legislature for providing the money to the district general fund to support the increases.

“Inflation is literally crippling California, crippling the nation,” she said. “But instead of wringing their hands, they decided to put our budget surplus to good use and let it go back to the school districts to use through local control.”

Singer said during the discussion at Tuesday’s meeting that she is pleased the district is supporting its classified and certified employees.

“We know they need it,” she said. “Inflation is out of control. Anyone can go shopping right now, and you’re paying a crazy amount of money. My kids are going through eggs like water, OK, so I’m feeling it, I’m sure that you all feel it. I’m so glad we’re able to do that.

In opposition, Westwell said he supported OVSD employees but not this particular contract.

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