Sarasota County Schools and SC/TA Begin Contract Negotiations

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Negotiations between Sarasota County Schools and the Sarasota Classified Teachers Association (SC/TA) are under way. Although salaries for both instructional and classified staff are being discussed, the Sarasota County School Board has highlighted select classified employees for this session of contract negotiations.

The school district has put forth the following offer to the SC/TA for consideration: establishing a minimum wage of $12 per hour for all School Board-appointed classified employees with the long-term goal of increasing this to $15 per hour; upgrading instructional aides at Oak Park School from SSP-3 and SSP-4 classifications ($11.84 and $12.59 per hour) to an SSP-7 classification ($15.21 per hour); and upgrading bus drivers from an SSP-5 classification ($14.22 per hour) to an SSP-7 ($15.21 per hour).

Earlier this spring, Sarasota County Schools conducted a regional salary study with Evergreen Solutions for targeted positions. The study concluded that select Sarasota County employee positions were paid below the regional average. According to the county, the initial offer put forth to the union allows these employees to be on par with their counterparts in other school districts.

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