HAYWARD — With mediators still determining whether talks between the school district and teachers union are stalled, the superintendent said administrators will not be able to submit a balanced budget to county officials by the July 1 deadline.
While that puts the district further along the path toward a state takeover, Superintendent Janis Duran said the district will still have time to reach an agreement with the Hayward Education Association over a proposed $8 million in cuts.
"After we submit the budget to the county, they have until Aug. 1 to respond," she said. "A negative declaration would mean we have until Sept. 8 for revisions."
Union President Mercedes Faraj said negotiators were given less than 15 minutes after they were handed a revised proposal June 2 before the district declared an impasse. Duran said the district is ready for negotiations "day or night," but the union wouldn't suggest a date for further talks.
The bulk of cuts in the proposed contract would come from five furlough days for teachers, an increase in class sizes by two students, and an option to either eliminate elementary school prep positions or a 4.18 percent across-the-board pay cut.
Because the district declared an impasse, the state's Public Employee Relations Board is reviewing the matter, and could either agree that both sides are deadlocked or send them back to the bargaining table.
If they're at impasse, there would be further mediation attempts before PERB would study the matter and issue an advisory report. At that point, the district could impose a contract in line with that report, and the union could mount a strike in response.
The district has already made more than $11 million in cuts, and Associate Superintendent Donna Becnel said the union concessions are necessary to avoid getting a loan from the state, which would put Hayward Unified under the control of a state adviser.