Marion County Teachers Will Soon Get Pay Increase
MARION COUNTY- The check is in the mail for some North Central Florida teachers waiting on their promised pay raise, but other educators are still waiting. Teachers in the biggest county in North Central Florida should see their chunk of change by early next year. Within the next couple of months Marion County teachers will receive their pay raise, which is money that was promised by Gov. Rick Scott nearly eight months ago.
"All of our teachers who are returning should expect to see a minimum of $2,000 added to their salary," said Chris Altobello who is the Marion Education Association President.
The state of Florida gave the Marion County School District about $6.7 million to be used for teacher pay raises. Altobello said after about five months of negotiations, the MEA and the Marion County School District have reached a tentative agreement on both a contract and teacher pay raises.
"This is the first year since I have been president and the first time in six years that we haven't gone to impasse," said Altobello.
Meaning teachers could get a pay raise by February.
"Simply because it took our district and the teacher's union longer to reach an agreeable point doesn't mean that any teacher is going to receive less money than what they should have," said Kevin Christina who is the Communications Officer for the Marion County School District.
Some educators may receive a $2,000 pay raise while others could as much as $3,200. Altobello said there is a reason the pay raises vary.
"In addition to the governors portion we had to create our salary schedule because according to new legislation we can no longer simply pay people based on experience. We have to have a performance based salary schedule," said Altobello.
"Teachers with less experience can advance and get a higher salary much faster if their students perform well because a significant amount of their salary is determined by the performance of their students," said Christian.
This week Marion County teachers will review the new contract and their pay raises. Then they will vote in early January. Once the MEA ratifies the contract, the school district will have to approve it.
Alachua and Dixie County teachers have already received their pay raise. Bradford County negotiations are still on-going.
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