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.
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