Two collective bargaining agreements with teachers and classified staff were approved by the Garden Grove Unified School District board of education at its meeting Tuesday night.
The ratified agreement with Garden Grove Education Association and the California School Employees Association Chapter 121 will be for the upcoming school year.
Both agreements approved specified a 2 percent salary restoration for the two separate groups. The restoration will return the 2013-2014 school year back to 180 days. The 2012-2013 school year included three furlough days.
The agreement with the GGEA was approved, 5-0, while the agreement with the CSEA unit was approved 4-0.
Board member Lan Nguyen abstained on the CSEA agreement resolution.
The board also heard a presentation about some of the updated technological advances in the school district.
The presentation showed how the district is using technology to communicate quicker and easier with students and parents. The district has plans to launch a newly-designed website and Facebook and Twitter accounts before the upcoming fall.
“One of the things we been hearing from our students is that maybe we need to update ourselves in terms of social media,” said Gabriela Mafi, assistant superintendent of secondary education.
Sara Westcott, assistant superintendent of elementary education, said that communication with students and parents through a school message service has helped increase understanding.
Westcott also said that a new online registration service will be offered to parents for the next school year. The service will make it easier for parent to update demographics and emergency contacts for continuing students of the district.
The program will be budget-friendly for the district, Westcott said.
“We are excited to launch this and see how it goes,” she said.
The board was pleased to hear of the progress of the technological initiatives for the upcoming years. Board member Bob Harden even polled the several students in attendance to see what social media programs they were using.
“There are a lot of platforms out there,” Harden said about the social media programs. “We need to start somewhere with a standard platform.”
The board also held a study session that reported on the progress updating a new vision plan for the school district. During the study session, the board heard feedback from the community from a survey conducted during April.
“I’m thankful we are moving forward,” board member Bao Nguyen said during the board meeting. “We got such great feedback from the community.”
The next board meeting will be held on June 4.