Capistrano Unified School District administrators and teachers' union officials gave different signals over whether a settlement is imminent in their monthslong contract negotiations.
The district's negotiating team agreed Wednesday to present the Capistrano Unified Education Assn.'s settlement offer to the Board of Education at its Monday meeting.
The union, which represents the district's 1,200 teachers, is asking for a 3.5% raise with another 1% raise contingent on whether a state law imposing a fee on school districts is overturned. The district has been offering the teachers a 3% raise with an additional 1.5% if the fee is abolished.
The union had been seeking a 6% increase.
Assn. President Ric Stephenson said he is optimistic that a settlement is near. The teachers have been working without a contract since June 30, but there has been no threat of a strike.