Sarasota County School Board and Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association Announce Tentative Contract Agreement for 2023-24

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In a move for educational excellence, the School Board of Sarasota County, together with the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association, is thrilled to reveal a proposed contract settlement for the 2023-24 school year, cementing our teachers as the best-paid educators in Florida. The generous package includes a 2% one-time supplement for all educational and support staff, distributed before the winter holidays, ensuring a joyful season for our dedicated team. Following this, a retroactive salary increase of 4.25% awaits instructional staff rated as highly effective, with a substantial 3.5% raise for all other instructional staff. Our committed classified employees (non-instructional) will receive a 4.0% increase, honoring their invaluable service. Including the 0.5% increase provided at the start of the school year, the total increase in compensation for the 2023-24 school year amounts to the following: Instructional, rated Highly Effective = 4.75% + 2% one-time supplement; Instructional, rated Effective = 4.0% + 2% one-time supplement; Grandfathered Instructional, rated Highly Effective = 4.0% + 2% one-time supplement; Classified = 4.5% + 2% one-time supplement. "Our educators are the backbone of our thriving school community, and this proposed settlement clearly reflects our deep appreciation for their unwavering dedication. Ensuring that Sarasota County remains the gold standard for teacher compensation in Florida is not just about maintaining a title; it's about recognizing the invaluable investment our teachers make in every student, every day. Our School Board truly understands and supports setting the stage for an even brighter future for our educators and students, one where excellence is not only expected but also supported in every way possible," said Superintendent Terry Connor. This year's negotiations have set a new standard for collaboration and mutual respect, focusing on upholding our district's prestigious status for teacher compensation. The settlement, exceeding $37 million, accounts not only for salary enhancements but also for the rise in health insurance and retirement contributions, reflecting our holistic commitment to our staff's welfare.The minimum salary for teachers with a bachelor's degree will rise to $55,000 and $60,000 for those with a master's degree, a testament to our investment in attracting and retaining top talent.In addition to financial benefits, the agreement empowers teachers to expand their expertise through professional development for up to 15 hours, compensated at their hourly rate. "This agreement is a testament to the strength of collaboration and shared vision between the Sarasota County School Board and our association. It's more than just a contract; it's a commitment to our educators and staff, recognizing their extraordinary contributions and their pivotal role in shaping our students' future. This settlement goes beyond numbers - it's about valuing our people, supporting their growth, and ensuring that Sarasota County remains a beacon of educational excellence where every member feels valued, respected, and empowered," said Rex Ingerick, President of Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association. As we celebrate this proposal, we remain engaged in ongoing dialogue to address and enhance various aspects of our educational environment. The future shines bright for Sarasota County Schools as we continue to foster a nurturing and prosperous space for our educators and students alike.

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