Pinellas works on pay raises
Pinellas met with its teachers union yesterday, working on an agreement to provide employees with pay raises.
Teachers haven't received raises for quite some time in Pinellas, but Gov. Rick Scott allocated $18 million for merit-based increases this year. It's still unclear who is eligible for those raises, among the variety of school employees.
According to a statement from Pinellas schools, the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association and the district "had a very productive discussion about raises," and also discussed health insurance.
Speaking with The Gradebook earlier this week, Superintendent Michael Grego expressed a desire to provide pay raises to all employees. On a survey recently released by the school district, only 25 percent of people who work in the administration building said they were satisfied with their salaries.
"The pay, the compensation, we've really got to," he said. "There's no secret that school districts have struggled since basically 07-08. It's been difficult."