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It's on: Gibbs starts a longer school day on Monday



It's official. Academically troubled Gibbs High School will be moving to a longer school day starting Monday.

Pinellas County school board members on Tuesday approved a plan that will give most Gibbs teachers a 17 percent pay increase as compensation for working an hour longer and teaching one more class.

Part of an effort to improve student performance at Gibbs, the plan has been under negotiation for weeks as the district and Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association sought to find a middle ground for how to gain the extra academic time while also paying teachers for their increased workload.

Details of the agreement include the following:

* A 17 percent supplement for all Gibbs teachers. This means that teachers in the school's arts magnet will only see a 3 percent increase since they already get a 14 percent supplement for the additional time they spend with students outside of class.

* Teachers will have protected, uninterrupted planning time during school and after school. Teachers will agree to give up not more than two hours of that time per week for faculty meetings, professional development and other reasons not directly related to individual class planning.

* Teachers at Gibbs -- as well as at Lakewood, Boca Ciega and Dixie Hollins high schools -- will receive a $1,000 payment in recognition of the challenge they face working in schools under state oversight.

* Finally, teachers in each of those four schools will receive compensation at their hourly rate of pay for professional development beyond their contracted day when that training is required directly as a result of their schools' participation in the state's "Differentiated Accountability" program.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 5:05pm]


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