District furlough plans hold up contract negotiations

After 10 negotiation sessions, representatives from Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the county’s teachers’ union, and Santa Rosa County Board officials have finally made some progress toward renewing a three-year teachers’ contract.

“We made great strides at the last negotiation session with just a few more issues to work out,” Steve Ratliff, chief negotiator for the school district, said.

Negotiations had stalled until the district agreed to a union request to delay state-mandated performance-based pay until 2015-16. Union president Rhonda Chavers pointed out that other districts have also delayed implementing the mandate.

Read more  in the Dec. 25 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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