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School District reaches salary agreement with Lee County teachers

Lee County teachers are one step closer to receiving pay increases.

After months of negotiations, the School District of Lee County and the Teachers’ Association of Lee County (TALC) have reached a salary agreement.

The teachers’ union voted to approve the terms of the agreement on Wednesday. Now, all that is still is a vote from the Lee County School Board.

Here’s all the things we all know.

Pay increases

If approved by the varsity board, Lee County teachers will receive raises based on their years of experience. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Recent teachers: $50,000 (3.65% increase)
  • 1-4 years: 5.5% raise
  • 5-9 years: 8.5% raise
  • 10-14 years: 9.5% raise
  • 15-19 years: 10.5% raise
  • 20+ years: 11.5% raise
  • Special Instruction employees: 8% raise

Moreover, recent bonuses based on a performance scale might be added to the raises.

  • Highly effective: $667 added
  • Effective: $500 added
  • Highly effective/effective on grandfathered scale: $500 added

The brand new salaries will take effect on December 15, when teachers receive their paychecks, and might be retroactive to July 1.

Other advantages

Along with the pay increases, TALC was capable of negotiate domestic violence leave, compassionate leave, and an extra personal day.

TALC President Kevin Daly stated that compassionate leave would apply if a teacher’s partner experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or molar pregnancy.

“The necessary detail is that the supervisor may not request supporting documents from the worker for the leave,” Daly said. “This is able to be a brand new use of an worker’s existing leave. If the worker doesn’t have 10 days to make use of, it will be leave without pay, but in addition without penalty.”

TALC also negotiated that medical health insurance rates would remain unchanged for teachers, making 2023 the fifth consecutive yr with no increase.

Previously: Lee County school district offers $32.8 million in raises for teachers

More: Lee County School District salaries: Superintendent tops payscale at $255,000

What’s next?

Because the agreement was approved by TALC with a 93% majority, it’ll now be presented to the Lee County School Board on Tuesday, November 7. If approved, it’ll be implemented.

Daly stated that TALC is just not finished negotiating, and the subsequent bargaining session will begin in February.

“We’re hopeful that we are able to finalize all the things before people leave in June,” Daly said. “A few of our initial ideas include addressing compression, working towards increasing supplements, continuing our efforts to determine a wage that enables teachers and staff to live where they work, and combating medical inflation to take care of stable insurance rates.”

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