Local teachers in line for a four percent raise

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) and the Ojai Federation of Teachers (OFT) have reached a tentative agreement on a four-percent salary increase for 140 teachers in the 2016-2017 school year, according to OFT Vice President Merv Van Auker. 
The tentative settlement will “neutralize the decreases that our teachers have had to deal with for the past nine years,” said OUSD Superintendent Hank Bangser.
OUSD teachers and staff are underpaid in comparison to their Ventura County colleagues, according to Van Auker. Of the 20 school districts in Ventura County, OUSD is often ranked last for salary, he said.

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