Palo Alto school employee unions will vote soon on proposed bonuses described as a "one-time, off-the-salary-schedule payment" equal to 1 percent of 2011-12 base salary.
The tentative agreement with the Palo Alto Educators Association, representing more than 800 full- and part-time teachers, as well as with the California School Employees Association, representing non-teaching employees, will be discussed Tuesday, Dec. 18, by the Board of Education.
Similar bonus terms have been offered to management employees.
With a recent easing of the school budget crisis, teachers have asked for a raise. Palo Alto Educators Association President Teri Baldwin said teachers have had neither a salary nor a cost-of-living increase since 2009 -- a period in which the Bay Area consumer price index has increased by 7.6 percent.
Baldwin asked for "a general salary increase which is commensurate with the district's ability to pay," which would come on top of automatic, seniority-based step-and-column increases.
The one-time, 1 percent payment to be discussed Tuesday applies to the 2011-12 school year, Baldwin said Sunday.
"We are still in negotiations for the current year," she said.
Currently, a starting teacher in Palo Alto earns $51,422, with an additional benefit package worth $12,865. A teacher with seven years' experience and 60 units of graduate work earns $74,753. A teacher with 20 years' experience and 90 units of graduate work earns $97,666. The maximum for a teacher with 30 years' experience is $103,836.
In other business Tuesday, the school board will elect officers for 2013, and discuss a host of items related to facilities upgrades and expansion now under way through the $378 million "Strong Schools" construction bond passed in 2008.
In a special study session earlier in the day, the board will discuss enrollment projections and elementary facilities planning, including a proposed boundary change to the Addison and Walter Hays school attendance areas.
The study session begins at 9 a.m. The regular meeting, including the discussion of the proposed labor contracts and election of officers, will convene at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be at school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.