Grego promotes pay raises in new video
Pinellas County Schools has reached tentative agreements with each of its four unions, paying about $32 million total on pay raises this year. The agreements still need the approval of the School Board and ratification by the unions.
Superintendent Mike Grego made the pay raises the topic of his first video in a new series, Notes from the Superintendent. In the video, he gives credit for the agreements to the dedication of the union leaders, due diligence of the district's bargaining team, and the support of the School Board. He also notes that the starting teacher salary soon could be $40,000 - highest in the Tampa Bay region and much of the state. (See our story about that here.)
"Whether you're a first-year teacher or a veteran teacher this is truly something to celebrate," he said.
Not all teachers have been happy about the tentative agreement, however. Some teachers have worked for a decade or more in Pinellas to reach $40,000. They are receiving some of the smallest raises. Teachers at the top of the salary schedule, too, are getting smaller raises than teachers who are new or have only a few years experience.
Under the agreement, teachers receive a 5.6 percent raise on average. Workers in PESPA and FPSU/SEIU will receive 5 percent raises on average, per their agreements.