Teachers’ union leaders in Clay County reject a fourth proposal by the district for spending an additional $6 million in funds.
“Just unbelievable. It actually just shakes the cores because, you know, the teachers are like…they’re at a point that, ‘you don’t care,’” says Renna Lee Paiva, the President of the Clay County Teachers Association.
She tells our news partner Action News the district wants to spend the money by subtracting $1.4 million for other district needs, then using the remainder to give teachers a one-time bonus, instead of spending it to increase the teacher salary scale.
“We have not had money on the salary scale for seven years in Clay County,” Paiva says.
She and others in the union say that Governor Rick Scott intended for more money to go to teachers rather than administrators.
“The teachers have been stagnant, staying the same, since 2008,” Paiva says.
“We want the money.”
Deputy Superintendent Denise Adams tells Action News they will continue in good faith to bargain and hope to come to an agreement soon.
The bargaining picks up again next Thursday in a public session.