March 16th, 2012, 1:34 pm · 2 Comments · posted by ktammen
Before I get into this blog I want to issue a disclaimer. My intention in sharing the following information is not to make a judgment, but simply keep you informed about issues you might not otherwise know about. Everyone understand? Good. Then let’s proceed.
Earlier this week I wrote a story about how first year teachers (as in people new to the profession) in Okaloosa County were getting $157.50 taken out of their paychecks to help the district recoup extra money paid to them before the School Board set the official pay scale for the current school year.
Under the newly adopted pay scale, all teachers in the district were to make exactly as much money as they made the previous year. This posed an obvious issue with the new hires because they were not included on the previous pay scale. To resolve it, the district created a new pay grade for the first year teachers, which was $945 less than what was paid to first year teachers last year.
The district’s decision has been called into question by the local teacher’s union for several reasons including the fact that the district didn’t warn the teachers before they started taking the money out of their paychecks. The district has said they told teachers when they were hiring them that their salary amount could change, but did apologize for not alerting them when it actually happened. (Letters are supposed to go out soon explaining the situation.)
You can read the full story about that, here »
But what I failed to report in that story is an interesting tidbit that came to me in the middle of the night earlier this week.
Back in October, the Okaloosa County School had the option of increasing their pay from $32,428 to $33,455 because of a change in the law which determines school board member pay.
The board opted to reject the more than $1,000 bonus and stated at the time they never intended to take it. (You can read more about that here »)
Now, below, I’m going to paste the pay scale* approved by the School Board in January for teachers and let you draw your own conclusions:
*The pay scale is still be challenged on two fronts – through a grievance filed last fall by Okaloosa County Education Association and an unfair labor practice complaint filed with the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission by OCEA.
Here are links to all my previous stories on the teacher pay issue in Okaloosa County listed from newest to oldest: