Leon County Schools reaches tentative agreement with Teachers Association

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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 24, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County School Board and the Leon County Teacher's Association have reached a tentative agreement on contract language for the 2018-2019 school year.

The contract proposal includes the following:

  • A guaranteed $1,200 bonus for teachers rated as "Highly Effective" who are not covered in the Florida Best and Brightest Program (such as guidance counselors, media specialists and speech and language pathologists, among others).
  • A guaranteed $800 bonus for those teachers not covered in the Florida Best and Brightest Program who are rated as "Effective."
  • A 10 percent increase in the supplement base for teachers who work primarily with students after hours in the areas of academics, performing arts and athletics.

    "We are excited to bring this contract proposal to the School Board for approval," said LCS superintendent Rocky Hanna. "The speed and positivity of the negotiation are indicative of our strong leadership with LCTA and the professionalism on both sides of the table.

    "While this agreement means additional dollars for our teachers in the way of a small bonus, it falls short of what really needs to be done, which is to eliminate the Florida Best and Brightest Bonus program," Hanna continued. "I continue to lobby the state legislature to give school districts the autonomy to properly compensate employees based on local needs and priorities."

    The LCTA voted to ratify the contract on Tuesday, October 17. The Leon County School Board will take up the issue for a vote Tuesday evening.

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