District, Martin County Education Association Reach Tentative Agreement
The Martin County School District has reached a tentative agreement with the Martin County Education Association (MCEA) to modify the 2017-2020 collective bargaining agreement for instructional employees. Tentative economic modifications recorded in the agreement include a one-time 3% stipend for all instructional personnel based on the staff member’s base pay during the 2019-2020 school year, and a one-time stipend funded by Florida’s Best & Brightest Award Program for instructional staff who received an “Effective” or “Highly Effective” evaluation during the 2018-2019 school year and were not otherwise eligible for a Best & Brightest award under any of the other program criteria. The tentative agreement also provides for a modification of the job sharing provision, which allows two (2) instructional employees to voluntarily share one (1) full-time position. The District and MCEA are in agreement that job sharing provides a unique opportunity for instructional personnel to exercise career flexibility while also fulfilling personal obligations and needs.
“I am pleased that we were able to come to a tentative agreement with MCEA to enhance our teacher compensation package while continuing to offer options that support career flexibility,” Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared. “The Martin County School District is synonymous with educational excellence, and our teachers are the foundation for everything we do for our students. It is important that we continue to show our teachers that we value them, and we want to do everything we can to keep them here educating children in Martin County.”
In addition to the one-time stipends listed in the tentative agreement, teachers will continue to receive salary stipends from funds generated by the half-mill property tax increase that was approved by Martin County voters in August 2018. Stipend awards range from $1,800 to $7,800 and are based on educators’ years of instructional experience. Martin County educators are also eligible for supplements for holding advanced degrees and stipends for their involvement in additional programs, such as coaching sports teams or sponsoring clubs.
The Martin County School Board will vote on the tentative agreement during its next regularly scheduled meeting on March 24, 2020.