By Matt Galka
August 27, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Leon County Teachers Association President Dave Worrell said that the $2,182 raise coming to Leon County School teachers wasn't quite what they wanted, but they'll take it.
"The group of employees that were eligible for that pot of money grew by the end of legislative session but the pot of money did not grow, but we're pleased with the overall settlement," said Worrell.
Florida's legislature approved the pay raises in the 2013-2014 budget. It's the first substantial pay raise for teachers since the '07-'08 school year.
"We had $5.7 million dollars that was given to us from the legislature, specifically for raises, for teachers, administrators, psychologists, guidance counselors. It was specific on who the dollars were to go to and, again, we delivered all of those dollars back to that group of individuals," said Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons.
Even though it isn't the $2,500 Governor Rick Scott called for, Worrell says the money goes a long way.
"It'll help pay for the gas, because the cost of gas at the pump has been rising steadily and so has the cost of groceries, so it'll be absorbed quite quickly," he said.
The approximately 2,200 Leon County school teachers should be seeing the pay increase in paychecks starting in October.
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