Superintendent: “Most difficult” contract negotiations ever

Santa Rosa County Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick May 21 officially declared an impasse between the district and its teacher’s union, Santa Rosa Professional Educators.

Union president Rhonda Chavers said a special magistrate hearing, the next step in the impasse resolution process, is expected to take place in July — unless either party waives the procedure.

“This has been the most difficult round of bargaining our county has ever experienced as long as I have been employed in it,” Wyrosdick said in the certified letter mailed to the union. He said financial pressures have rendered
the district “with less to provide more for our students.”

But union representatives, like David Godwin, a math teacher at Pace High School, said the district can still afford to pay teachers more. In the final negotiation session before the impasse, union rejected the district’s offer of
$2.92 million for raises, pushing instead for $4.3 million.

“We hope that a resolution may be reached before the impasse process is completed,” Wyrosdick said.

Read more in the June 4 issue of Navarre Press.

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