School support staff offered 3% raise

Bargaining meeting Monday All teachers and support staff are encouraged to attend an important barga

Bargaining meeting Monday All teachers and support staff are encouraged to attend an important bargaining meeting this Monday, June 30 at 5 p.m. in the lunch room of the Franklin County School. The meeting will discuss the recommendations of the bargaining agent of FCS. This informational meeting is endorsed by the executive boards of the Franklin County Teachers Association and Franklin Educational Support Personnel Association. There will be a vote taken at the end of this meeting.

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 01:05 PM.

Teachers and support staff are expected to review a contract Monday that, if ratified, would give support staff a 3 percent raise, and teachers 1 percent, beginning July 1.

The possible early summer ratification is a rarity with annual contracts between the school board and the employees. These have traditionally been approved just prior to the Christmas break, or even later, and are retroactive back to July 1.

Catherine Wood, president of the Franklin County Teacher Association, said talks began in early May and that the employees’ team also included FCTA vice-president Jamie Duhart, FCTA treasurer Elinor Mount-Simmons and Tammy Sasnett president, and Joy Towns, vice-president, of the Franklin Educational Support Personnel Association (FESPA)

Representing the school district were Shannon Venable, finance officer, and Tallahassee attorney Leonard Dietzen, the chief negotiator.

Wood said the sides have tentatively agreed to raises for teachers and support staff, pending ratification. Teachers would get 1 percent and support personnel 3 percent.

“The teachers were fortunate to have money from Tallahassee last year that totaled 5 percent of their incomes,” said Wood. “The support staff got nothing because the county was not in a position to offer anything.

“We went to bargaining determined that support staff needed to be respected for the jobs that they do and the best way that county could do that is offering a raise,” she said.

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