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Leon Schools Reach Deal On Salary Increase For Staffers

MGN Online

The Leon Educational Support Professional Association also known as LESPA, has drafted a new contract deal with the Leon County School Board.

David Clark, director of labor and employment says district support staff will receive a salary bump for the 2014-2015 school year. “These are one-thousand plus employees and they work in over seventy different job descriptions in our district and their increase this year will be a 3 percent increase over the pay that they made last year,” says Clark.

Bargaining representatives with LESPA ratified the new agreement Monday, while the Leon County School Board echoed their approval through a unanimous vote on Tuesday. As for teachers, Clark says the school district is still in negotiations over salaries and other issues.

“We’re working on the three-year agreement moving forward on a good many issues that deal with teacher evaluations, teacher performance, pay issues and things that are gonna come up over the next three years. We hope that we can wrap those negotiations up very soon,” Clark said.

Clark says he and the local teachers union will meet one more time to iron out details.

Keta Browning is a senior Broadcast Journalism student and reporter at Florida A&M University. Aside from her contributions to WFSU News, Keta also serves as an on-air personality for FAMU's college station WANM 90.5 FM. Born and raised in Ocala, FL, she aspires to pursue a passionate career in radio and/or entertainment journalism.