Negotiators for the St. Johns Education Support Professionals Association (SJESPA) and the St. Johns County School Board have reached an agreement on their 2014-2017 contract for the district’s non-instructional employees. Representatives for SJESPA and the SJCSD met during the school year to negotiate specific articles within the book included below:
- Move one level up on the salary schedule for eligible non-instructional employees for the 2015-2016 school year.
- An increase to the hourly rate of pay which ensures an annual increase that is no less than $550 for those full-time employees who move one level up to step 14 for the 2015-2016 school year.
- An annual increase of $200 for those at the top of the pay scale for the 2015-2016 school year.
- Clarification language regarding compensation for attending inservice, retirement and grievances.
“Both teams worked together in a manner that exemplifies our relationship with one another,” said Cathy Weber, chief negotiator and director for Salaries and Benefits, SJCSD. “This is a contract that recognizes and commends the hard work our support employees do every day for the students of our district.”
“I am very pleased with our newest contract for all support staff in St. Johns County,” said Carole Gauronskas, president of the local SJESPA. “It was a team effort that shows the willingness of both sides to come to the table and bargain in good faith. I am very proud of the work that was done by our SJESPA bargaining team.”
After SJESPA ratified the tentative agreement, it was approved by the School Board at its monthly meeting on March 8.
SJESPA is the recognized bargaining agent for the approximately 1,500 non-instructional personnel including teacher aides, clerical staff, computer operators, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance and food service.