Osceola County School Board Offers $3 Million in Salaries and Benefits to Teachers
The Osceola County School Board supports Osceola teachers for their time and talents in inspiring students each and every day. The School Board has made an offer to the district's instructional personnel valued at $3 million in salaries and benefits. This offer is bound by the limited funding increase from the state of less than 1% per student funding ($2 million), which has been combined with additional cost-cutting measures to offer as much as possible. The Board is committed to ensuring that the salary increase will be sustainable in future years while maintaining a balanced budget. At this time, the Bargaining Leadership Team for the Osceola County Education Association (OCEA) has requested time to consider the School Board’s offer, which would benefit all teachers in the district.
Recognizing the need to reward teachers for their hard work despite very limited resources, the School Board's offer provides teachers with incentives for their commitment, time, and health:
• Average of 1% salary increase per instructional employee;
• Continued contribution of $6,108 per employee for health care benefits, plus an additional $290 per employee for start-up of the District's Center for Employee Health;
• No increase in employee insurance premiums;
• Respected teacher planning times without scheduled meetings or trainings at least three days per regular work week;
• Adjustments to the Adjunct Hourly Pay Schedule to recognize the advanced education, training, and expertise of instructional employees at the Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO), Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO), Criminal Justice Academy, and Health Sciences Department; and
• Additional compensation ranging from $150 to $500 for instructional employees who serve as coaches or sponsors of recognized athletic, academic, and arts activities and whose students proceed to and/or win overall at state- and/or national-level competitions.
"The Osceola County School Board intends to produce a balanced budget that rewards all employees through competitive salaries, benefits, and high-quality workplace environments; maintains fiscal responsibility; and, most importantly, ensures a quality education for all students," said Clarence Thacker, Chairman of the Osceola County School Board.