St. Johns County School Board Urged to Approve Teacher Pay Increase by Mediator-Backed Superintendent

The superintendent of St. Johns County has recommended a pay raise for teachers that was backed by a mediator to settle a dispute with the teachers union. Negotiations stalled last year when the union rejected the district’s proposed pay raise. The district’s attorney disagreed with some of the logic used by the mediator, but the superintendent recommended that the board approve the raises. The proposed increase in salary would see the starting teacher salary rise to $48,642 and effective and highly effective teachers increase by $1,522 and $2,029, respectively. The proposal is in response to Florida’s low per-student spending and is expected to bring a positive contract settlement for teachers. The final decision is yet to be made by the school board.