District, employees settle on salaries, benefits

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 09:42 AM.

Teachers and support personnel will enjoy a little wallet padding this school year.

Thanks to state funding and an added contribution from the Gulf County School Board, teachers and non-instructional personnel will realize salary increases this year.

The teachers, and the four school principals, will benefit from more than $300,000 earmarked by Florida lawmakers in the spring for teacher raises.

The district and union representing teachers agreed to uniformly disburse those funds to all instructional personnel, meaning each teacher and principal will receive a bump in salary of $1,715.

The raises, which lawmakers hoped would be disbursed based on performance, were not linked to teacher evaluations. Many districts across the state are not linking performance and this year’s pay increase from Tallahassee.

As for district non-instructional personnel, the School Board approved a 3 percent across the board pay hike.

The district’s contribution to employee health insurance plans remains $550 per month.

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