Teachers’ pay raise limited by school board

Santa Rosa public school teachers will receive about half of the $3.3 million annual pay raise they have sought per a 5-0 vote by the school board that limited their increase Thursday night.
School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, who had a victory statement prepared in advance, seemed to anticipate the board vote that supported his position at a hearing attended by more than 300 teachers.
“I appreciate the board and their support,” Wyrosdick said in the statement he handed out to the news media right after the vote. “They manage our budget with great fidelity…”
Still, some board members struggled with the decision, including former substitute teacher – now School Board member, Carol Boston of District 3: “Very tough. I’ve spent sleepless nights and done a lot of research.”
In the end, Boston said, the board “will be vilified” either way.
Before the vote, with Wyrosdick looking on, the board heard a dozen or so speakers supporting the teachers, including Milton businessman Jack Sanborn: “Reward these teachers for the great job they have done for the county.”
The raise requested by the teachers union had been supported by an independent special magistrate in arbitration that Wyrosdick had agreed to consider. But neither he nor the school board was persuaded by his reasoning.
The difference in the raise that the school board is offering and the union’s request is about $1,800 a year per teacher—on average, according to figures prepared by the Santa Rosa Professional Educators union.

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One Response to "Teachers’ pay raise limited by school board"

  1. Kelly Creel  August 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Are you the proud parent of a child who attends public school in Santa Rosa County? If so, do you believe teachers deserve the pay raise that was recommended by the Magistrate but voted down by the School Board on August 10? If so – read on.

    I, along with a few of my friends and fellow concerned parents of children in SRC schools, are putting together a letter-writing campaign to show our support for teacher pay raises. Would you be willing to send a letter (professional and respectful!) urging your School Board Representative to a) take action to build trust between teachers and school board by fixing the SRC school budget; and b) support the Magistrate’s recommendation of a higher pay raise when the school board again votes on the matter?

    If so, and you live/support schools in Navarre, you may write to Carol Boston at this address:
    Santa Rosa County School Board
    Attn: Carol Boston, District 3
    5086 Canal Street
    Milton, FL 32570-6706

    …your letter will be even more effective if you cc: your child’s Principal.

    For more info, please contact me on Facebook. This is not a negative or a “smear” campaign – we want to represent parents and teachers in the most positive light possible! We are simply supporting our teachers and the wonderful job they do for our kids by reaching out to our school board officials and making our voices heard. Thank you!!

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