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Certificated Bargaining Update

Tentative Agreement On Friday, April 27, 2018, the District and the La Mesa-Spring Valley Teachers Association completed negotiations and reached a tentative agreement on salary and benefits. The teams negotiated a three (3) year agreement (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020). Salary Schedule Increases The tentative agreement includes a 5% salary schedule increase as indicated below: Year […]

Bargaining Update on LMSVSD Negotiations with LMSVTA

Two Sessions—February 16 and 20, 2018 In a continuing effort to promote transparency and open communication, I am pleased to provide this update regarding the last two bargaining sessions with the La Mesa-Spring Valley Teachers’ Association.  I believe that sharing accurate and timely details about bargaining keeps everyone well-informed and up-to-date, promoting a transparent and open process […]

Certificated Bargaining Update – January 31, 2018

Update on the January 30, 2018, Bargaining Session The District and the Teachers’ Association (TA) met on January 30, 2018, to review and align Article 21: Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and the Response to Intervention (RtI) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to reflect current practice and thinking. The District and the TA continue to work together to support […]

Update on the January 22-23, 2018 Bargaining Sessions

In a continuing effort to promote transparency and open communication, I am pleased to provide this update regarding the recent bargaining session with the La Mesa-Spring Valley Teachers’ Association. I believe that sharing accurate and timely details about bargaining keeps everyone well-informed and up-to-date; promoting a transparent and open process anchored in good faith. The bargaining team […]

Certificated Bargaining Update – November 27, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  Just before the break, we learned the Tentative Agreement (TA) between the Teachers Association (Association) and the District did not ratify. I would like to use this update to keep everyone well informed in light of the TA not being ratified.  […]

LMSVTA and District Teams Reach Two Year Agreement That Includes Salary Increases

The District and the Teachers Association reached agreement on salary and other important negotiable issues.   The tentative agreement includes a 1% salary schedule increase effective January 1, 2018, and another 1% salary schedule increase effective January 1, 2019. In addition, two mandatory professional development days will be added to the work year (from 184 to 186 days), beginning in 2018-2019.   […]

June 1, 2017 Bargaining Update

This has been another rigorous and successful school year for our students, employees and community!  So much has been happening, including recent meetings between the District’s and Teachers Association’s bargaining teams. During two recent sessions (on May 19 and 31), the teams addressed some key issues and began preliminary planning for 2017-2018 negotiations. PLC/RtI.  The teams […]

October 2016 Update

As promised in the August edition of the bargaining update newsletter, I am providing regular updates to highlight the status of bargaining with the Teachers Association. As I shared in my last newsletter, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) granted the Teachers Association’s request for impasse. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication when scheduling our first […]

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District News


Enjoy this video compilation of footage from students and teachers from all of our school sites showcasing our district values of equity, inclusion and HEART.


Sonic Expressions at Spring Valley Academy

At Spring Valley Academy, the innovative Sonic Expressions music course combines creating music with social skills. As the saying in Sonic Expressions goes, "When words fail, music speaks."


Bancroft Community Health Fair

The leadership team at Bancroft Elementary School organized a Community Health Fair at Open House to bring health and community services to families that included book give aways, dental screenings and informational booths.