Brevard Public Schools Offers 4% Raise for Teachers, Recruitment and Retention Pay for Priority Schools
By Space Coast Daily // July 13, 2022
Brevard Federation of Teachers president declined to accept the offer of a 4 percent raise
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – In a press release on Tuesday, Brevard Public Schools said BPS officials came to the contact negotiation table with the largest salary raise offer since 2016 at 4 percent, in addition to the previously negotiated and ratified $3,400 to $4,400 in one-time premium pay for teachers.
“The Brevard Federation of Teachers president declined to accept the offer of a 4 percent raise,” said BPS spokesman Russell Bruhn.
‘This year the district has the one-time opportunity to be more flexible with veteran teacher salaries, and BPS provided a tiered approach which would have allowed those teachers with the most years of service to be rewarded financially. The union negotiating team countered with a flat non-tiered approach affecting all teachers with six or more years equally. BPS is disappointed that the union’s team chose not to recognize veteran teachers for their years of service.”
Bruhn said the union choose not to accept BPS’ offer to give teachers at the district’s 26 priority schools between $2,000 and $3,000 in one-time recruitment and retention pay.
“The union leader has talked for months about the need for better staff recruitment and retention practices. However, when BPS provided a strategy to do so, the union leader chose not to accept BPS’ idea,” said Bruhn.
The district has agreed to the following:
■ 10 days paid parental leave
■ $45 for teachers to cover a class during their planning time
■ $1,200 FRS eligible supplement for teachers on the performance pay salary schedule at the start their 11th year
■ $2,500 supplement for ESE support specialists
Under BPS’s proposal, the starting teacher salary this year would have been $49,082. Contract talks will resume on July 27.