The Dublin teachers union voted this week to give back any pay increases scheduled for the 2011-12 financial year by 66 percent.

The Dublin teachers union voted this week to give back any pay increases scheduled for the 2011-12 financial year by 66 percent.

The Dublin Educators Association "overwhelmingly" decided to give back 66 percent of all raises for the upcoming school year, whether "that be the 1.25-percent raise, step increase or both," DEA president Kevin Griffin said.

"So if a teacher's raise and step increase was a total of $1,500 they are giving the district back $1,000, which is more than doing one or the other although the formula will affect each teacher differently," he said.

The DEA estimates the concessions will save the district about $1.9 million.

The DEA decision follows a Tuesday announcement by Dublin City Schools administrators that they would forgo their scheduled 1.25-percent salary increase next year. They still will receive any scheduled step increase, though many of them have been administrators for so long that they wouldn't qualify for the step increase.

The concessions come from Dublin City Schools staff as the district faces the lost of about $13.7 million in state funding from the proposed budget currently under consideration in the state Senate.

Read the June 2 edition of ThisWeek Dublin Villager for the full story.