Osceola County School Board Offers $830,000 in Salaries and Benefits to Professional Support Staff Employees
The Osceola County School Board values the district's professional support staff employees for their time and talents in supporting educators and students each and every day. The School Board has made an offer to the district's professional support staff personnel valued at $830,000 in salaries and benefits. This offer is bound by the limited funding increase from the state of less than 1% per student funding, which has been combined with additional cost-cutting measures to offer as much as possible. The School 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.
Recognizing the need to reward professional support staff employees for their hard work despite very limited resources, the School Board's offer provided professional support staff employees with incentives for their time, health, and commitment to their students and schools:
• Salary increase of 1% to the base rate of pay per professional support staff employee;
• No increase in employee insurance premiums; and
• 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.
"The Osceola County School Board intends to produce a balanced budget that rewards all employees through competitive salaries, benefits, and high-quality workplace environment; that maintains fiscal responsibility; and, most importantly, that ensures a quality education for all students," said Clarence Thacker, Chairman of the Osceola County School Board.