Teachers to get $1,860 pay hike

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 14:35 PM.

Wood said about 60 teachers at the school were slated to be granted the raise, which covers the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. She estimated the raise would cost a total of about $129,000.

Wood said all teachers and support staff, whether or not they were members of the union, were eligible to cast ballots on the contract Dec. 3. She said about 97 percent of the teaching staff voted yes, while about 80 percent of the support staff were in favor of the deal.

Talks between the teachers, who were assisted by Florida Education Association staffer Paul Burdett, and the administration, assisted by Tallahassee labor attorney Leonard Dietzen, had been ongoing for much of the calendar year. Wood represented the local rank-and-file among the teachers,, and Tammy Sasnett represented the support staff.

In addition to the pay hike, the deal approves changes to the sick leave policy and health insurance reimbursement.

Wood said both sides agreed there needed to be changes that would make it easier for employees to transfer sick leave to co-workers. The board plans to now adopt a revised sick leave policy in keeping with Florida statutes.

In addition, Wood said, the school board agreed to pay all current employees $2,500 if an employee who now has health insurance with the school district decides to disenroll from the school board’s policy and obtain health insurance through another carrier, such as a spouse’s plan. Upon proof of new insurance, the school board agreed to pay the $2,500 annually in 24 payments on a prorata basis.

The two sides also agreed to a revision to the “differentiated pay plan,” which entails more than $64,000 in supplemental contracts granted to various coaches and extracurricular activity sponsors.

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