The Jackson County School Board and the Jackson County Education Association voted Tuesday to ratify the 2017-18 salary proposal. Of the teachers who voted Tuesday, 82% of teachers voted in favor of the proposal according to a statement released by Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore.
According to the release, “The district and Jackson County Education Association have agreed to a 1% cost of living increase to the base salary and movement to the next salary step for eligible teachers on the Grandfathered Schedule ($650) and movement to the appropriate step for eligible teachers under the Performance Pay Schedule ($650 for Effective and $975 for Highly Effective) and a $650 lump sum supplement for instructional employees at the top of a salary schedule. Also included, an addition to the Supplemental Salary Schedule for Advisor for Future Teacher of America Club at middle and high schools of $600.”
In an interview with Moore Wednesday morning, he said, “I am appreciative to the members of the School Board and to Mrs. Cheryl McDaniel and Mrs. Phyllis Daniels for their role in the negotiations process. I appreciate Mr. Galloway and other JCEA representatives for the role they played in settling the instructional contract. More importantly, I am thankful for the great work our teachers and staff do each day to make a difference in the lives of our students.”
Union President Dave Galloway said Wednesday morning, “450 teachers brought the longest contract negotiations in recent memories in Jackson County to a conclusion by voting 82% (369) for to 18% (81) voting against to ratify (accept) the District offer of an average 2.95% pay increase. I wish to thank all the members who participated in the bargaining process this year, Their involvement was a key factor in keeping the District at the table as we worked towards this final settlement. Bargaining for wage and benefit increases for our hard-working members has become increasingly difficult as Tallahassee law makers divert more and more of our tax dollars to questionable charter schools and a rising number of unfunded mandates. This will only change by electing supporters of our Public Schools, as opposed to charter and schools’ vouchers proponents to office.”
The agreement will be presented to the School Board for their approval at the May Board meeting schedule for May 15 at 4 p.m. in the Board room of the Jackson County School Board offices.