Salary increase approved by School Board

The Osceola County School Board approved the salary portions of the 2019-20 contract for employees covered under the Teamsters Local 385 Bargaining Unit on July 30.

 The district will be providing a 40 cent per hour raise to all members of the bargaining unit and a $250 one-time retention bonus for those members employed during the 2018-19  calendar year who had a satisfactory or above rated evaluation. The hourly raise will be retroactive to July 1, 2019.  

Employees in the bargaining unit overwhelmingly voted to ratify the district’s offer, as witnessed by the largest turnout in voter numbers in years.  

The two teams will continue to meet collaboratively to bargain on working condition language.

As an example, the team met on July 31 and reached tentative agreement on the district’s offer to raise the on-call employee rate to $50 per day on paid holidays and non-work days from the existing $20 per day.

Osceola ranks lowest on expenditures per Student

The Osceola School District once again ranked 67th out of 67 Florida school districts in administrative expenditures per student in a ranking of the 2017-18 school year by the Florida Department of Education.  

While the state average was $590.14 per student for administrative costs, which includes school administration and district support functions among other things, Osceola spent only $427.94 per student, placing priority on spending taxpayers’ money where it best impacts children.  

“The Osceola County School Board believes

that the best use of taxpayers’ dollars is for instruction in the classroom,” said School Board Chairman Clarence Thacker.  “While Osceola County remains at the bottom of the state in terms of the amount of operational dollars we received per student, we are committed to using each and every dollar in the best possible manner for the students.”