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Classified school employees reject district’s offer 

The union representing classified school employees voted 36-9 to reject the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District’s offer for a new contract.

The local California School Employees Association’s 200 members are district employees not required to hold teaching credentials, like bus drivers, custodians, instructional aides and secretaries.

Kathy McNamara

Superintendent Kathy McNamara

The union and the district could not reach agreement over furlough days, according to a statement by the district. The two sides are now going to mediation.

The district had proposed six unpaid furlough days for the employees, similar to an agreement with the teacher’s union. The district’s finances have improved modestly. But after years of hardship, it’s not in a position to alter the furlough day schedule.

In a statement, the district says it “is willing to collaborate with our classified leadership; unfortunately, the district has moved to impasse where an external, unbiased mediator will come in and assist all of us in moving forward.”

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