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San Diego Unified School Principals Reach Deal With District

Principals and vice principals have reached an employment contract agreement with the San Diego Unified School District similar to a deal for teachers and police officers, the district announced today.

The two-year deal includes unpaid days off, with the actual number to be determined by state funding levels.

It also defers previously promised raises. However, if Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax hike is passed by voters in November, administrators at the top of the salary scale would receive a 1 percent pay increase, according to the district.

The deal also prohibits layoffs for the upcoming school year.

"Our principals have had to cope with the devastating effects of shrinking budgets over the last five years that impact their school operations," Board of Education President John Lee Evans said. "They are all working harder to keep our schools focus on students even as they, like our teachers, accept two more years of reduced pay.''

Evans said the deal will save the district $4.5 million and help to achieve a balanced budget for the 2012-13 school year.

The district and teachers reached an agreement about six weeks ago that canceled layoffs for nearly 1,500 instructors.

The SDUSD went into the budgeting process for the 2012-13 school year facing a shortfall of about 120 million.

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