Negotiators for the St. Johns Education Association (SJEA) and the St. Johns County School Board have reached a tentative agreement on their 2014-2017 contract for the district’s teachers. Highlights from this three year contract include:
- Performance pay salary structure
- New hire placement salary schedule
- Compliance with new statutory requirements related to contract structure, reduction in personnel, and salary increases
- Improved clarity of language related to health insurance premiums
- For 2014-2015, $1,000 salary adjustment for eligible instructional personnel (those current teachers that received an effective or highly effective evaluation for 2013-2014)
“Leadership of the SJEA is to be commended for their work and cooperative efforts,” said Tim Forson, deputy superintendent for Operations and chief negotiator for the school district. “Benefiting its members while recognizing the priority of students and understanding the conditions pertaining to funding and managing the district were paramount. Both parties worked diligently to review the entire professional employee contract so that it met the requirements of the law and resulted in the best contract for employees and the district.”
“I am pleased with the tentative agreement for our 2014-2017 contract,” said Michelle Dillon, SJEA president. “The district and the union worked for over a year to create a contract that benefits our dedicated teachers in St. Johns County. I appreciate all the hard work of both bargaining teams.”
Following ratification, the tentative agreement will be presented to the School Board for acceptance.
SJEA is the recognized bargaining agent for the approximately 2,200 instructional personnel in the school district including teachers, media specialists, guidance counselors, deans and psychologists.