The St. Johns County School District and the teachers union continue to be at odds over pay raises after months of back and forth.
The two sides met again last week but were unable to reach a deal on how much teachers should receive on their next raise. Dozens of teachers attended the negotiation meeting Thursday and have spoken out about the need for pay increases at recent board meetings.
One issue, the sides aren’t able to agree on how the raises should be distributed. The district wants more one-time bonus money, in the form of a $750 retention bonus for veteran teachers, which makes up about 20% of the total workforce, while the union wants raises that will recur every year based on evaluations along with a $963 increase in pay for starting teachers, to make their starting salary $48,463.
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