Union leaders fight to increase teacher pay

Representatives from Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the county’s teachers’ union, faced off last week against Santa Rosa County District Schools officials in tense contract negotiations. Tempers flared after a union representative pointed out what he said is a $300,000 miscalculation by the district.

“Your numbers are off,” said David Godwin, a math teacher at Pace High School who is participating on the SRPE negotiations team. “You don’t need a math degree to figure this out. My 11-year-old can figure it out,” Godwin said, accusing district officials of making a basic mathematical error when calculating one of several percentages involved in determining raises for instructional salaries.

“We will follow up on it,” said Steve Ratliff, a retired school district administrator serving as chief negotiator for the school district.

Read more in the Nov. 27 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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