Teachers to get $1,860 pay hike

Union, board ratify contract

Union, board ratify contract

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 02:35 PM.

County teachers, at both the Apalachicola Bay Charter and Franklin County schools, will receive a boost in their take-home pay this school year of about $1,700.

By a 4-1 vote, with School Board Member David Hinton dissenting, the school board on Dec. 5 ratified a one-year addendum to the existing three-year contract that will grant teachers at Franklin County School a $1,860 raise this school year, which translates to a net $1,662.

The only teachers who won’t be getting the raise will be those in their first year at the school. The reason for this is that when Gov. Rick Scott last spring earmarked additional school funding for raises statewide, it was specified they were to go to teachers who have been determined to have been evaluated as effective, or highly effective, during the 2012-13 school year.

This statewide boost in funding was also sent to charter schools, and as a result, teachers at the ABC School, who are not part of the district’s collective bargaining unit, will also be getting raises.

ABC School Principal Chimene Johnson said 20 charter school teachers and three administrators will be getting a raise of about $1,700 in annual take-home pay.

She said the decision to give the raises was made by the charter school board, based on discussion of her recommendations. She said it was decided that any first-year teachers at the school who taught last year in Florida were eligible for the raises.

Ratification of the contract addendum by the school board came after two of them questioned why none of the non-instructional support staff would be receiving raises.

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