Update: Board And OCEA Reach Agreement
Update: Osceola County School Board And OCEA Reach Tentative Agreement On Salaries and Benefits For Teachers And Professional Support Staff For The 2019-2020 School Year
Posted on 05/10/2019
Photo of School Board MembersOn April 4, 2019, the Osceola County School Board and the Osceola County Education Association (OCEA) reached tentative agreement on an original salary and benefits package for instructional and professional support staff employees for the 2019-2020 school year. In doing so, both sides agreed to come back to the bargaining table to reopen salary negotiations if the district received unrestricted, non-categorical funds at the conclusion of the 2019 Florida Legislative session greater than those proposed in the Governor’s state budget.

On May 9, 2019, The Osceola Classroom Education Association tentatively approved the School Board’s new offer for salaries and benefits for both instructional and professional support staff employees for the 2019-2020 school year, which include the following highlights:

 
Instructional Employees:

--Salary increase per instructional employee for the 2019-2020 school year based upon the requirements of state law and the performance pay salary schedule as bargained:

· --$1,500 for instructional employees whose final summative evaluation rating is “Highly Effective”

· --$1,450 for instructional employees who are Grandfathered (Professional Service Contract or Continuing Contract status) and whose final summative evaluation rating is either “Highly Effective” or “Effective”

· --$1,000 for instructional employees whose final summative evaluation rating is “Effective”

-- Performance-Based Non-Recurring Longevity Supplement per instructional employee for the 2019-2020 school year based upon the requirements of state law and the employee’s years of successful service to the School District of Osceola County, Florida, as follows:
· Less than or equal to five (5) years of service = $250
· Six (6) to ten (10) years of service = $500
· Greater than ten (10) years of service = $750
“Successful service” means that the employee earned a final summative evaluation rating of either “Highly Effective” or “Effective” for the 2018-19 school year.

--Increase in the starting salary of $41,400 (from $41,000) for instructional employees newly hired for the 2019-2020 school year;

--Design changes to the School District’s major medical Health Insurance Plan that ensure the Health Benefits Trust Fund remains fiscally solvent and that it continues to provide employees with health insurance coverage options, including a no-cost option for the individual employee;

--Flexible Spending Account Match where the School Board shall match the employee’s FSA savings of $750 or more with a contribution of $250 in order to assist the employee toward the employee’s deductible;

--Increase in the base per employee Board contribution for health insurance benefits from $6,398 to $6,826 for the 2019-2020 Health Insurance Benefits Plan year; and

--Continued commitment to the Osceola County School District’s Center for Employee Health.
 
Professional Support Employees:

--Forty (40) cents per hour salary increase to the base rate of pay per professional support staff employee for the 2019-2020 school year

--Non-Recurring Supplement of $250 per employee for the 2019-2020 school year based upon the employee’s years of successful service to the School District of Osceola County, Florida. “Successful service” means that the employee earned a final summative evaluation rating of “Satisfactory” or higher for the 2018-19 school year.


--Design changes to the district’s major medical Health Insurance Plan that ensure the Health Benefits Trust Fund remains fiscally solvent and that it continues to provide employees with health insurance coverage options, including a no-cost option for the individual employee. Employees who participate in the district’s new wellness incentive program will see no increase in premiums;

--Flexible Spending Account Match, where the School Board shall match the employee’s FSA savings of $750 or more with a contribution of $250 in order to assist the employee toward the employee’s deductible;

--Increase in the base per employee Board contribution for health insurance benefits from $6,398 to $6,826 for the 2019-2020 Health Insurance Benefits Plan year;

--Continued commitment to the Osceola County School District’s Center for Employee Health.

OCEA ratification of the teacher contract will take place in May, and the agreement will then be brought to the School Board for approval.

"Before entering salary negotiations this year, my fellow School Board Members and I charged the Superintendent to find millions of dollars in operational savings that could be directed to increased compensation for our hard-working teachers and employees in the coming year without negatively impacting student learning,” said School Board Chairman Clarence Thacker. “Even when difficult budgeting decisions were being considered, we have remained resolute in our determination to direct more dollars toward salaries in order to recognize and reward our employees’ dedication and commitment to serving our students with excellence. I am pleased that we have been able to reach agreement with OCEA before this school year ends so that the additional dollars can be in our employees’ pockets at the start of the next school year."
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