Administrators and support staff in Pinellas County schools will get a boost in salary and benefits just in time for the holidays, following a recent, unanimous vote by the School Board.
Months of negotiations between the district and two employee unions –Pinellas Educational Support Professionals Association and the Florida Public Services Union — yielded 2.55 percent raises for union members and other non-represented staff, including principals.
The upped pay rates will be applied retroactively to July 1, and most employees should see those monies in their paychecks by the end of the month.
The district also agreed to cover 86 percent of added health care costs this year, and contribute a total of $1.9 million to the Florida Retirement System on behalf of each group.
Following the Nov. 13 vote, Pinellas schools superintendent Mike Grego celebrated the news, thanking School Board members for making employees their "first priority" when state monies don't provide for raises.
"We would anticipate greater support … from the state, and we haven't received it," he said. "We're certainly hoping to change that tide, but it's certainly important for the general community to recognize that we have a board and a school district that values its employees and wants to provide the cost of living that it can."
The district is still negotiating teacher salaries with the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, and pay for school law enforcement. Those agreements are not expected to be finalized until the start of next year.
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