Patrick Strong, Okaloosa County ESP of the Year!

Patrick Strong, OCESPA President and custodian at Shalimar Elementary was named Okaloosa County Educational Support Professional of the Year at the OCSD breakfast honoring all work site ESPY nominees on Friday, January 9, 2015.   Below, Patrick is picture with the other two finalists, Connie Wilson, PE assistant at Elliott Point Elementary and Mike Mitchell, custodian at Pryor Middle School.  Congratulations to all three OCESPA members!

ESPY Finalists 2015

It’s Official! Mr. Walker Re-elected!

After all ballots were recounted and the 10 day wait for overseas ballots expired, Mr. Rodney Walker was certified as the official winner in the District 3 school board race by the canvassing board today.  He won by 104 votes.  Congratulations, Mr. Walker!

Mr. Rodney Walker endorsed by Okaloosa TIGER

As a reminder, Okaloosa TIGER has recommended Mr. Rodney Walker in the District 3 school board runoff race in November 4 general election.   Follow his Facebook page:

Last day to register to vote in the general election is October 6. Click here to find out more.

Vote by Mail:  Deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 29.   Click here for more information.

Early voting runs from October 20 through November 1 from 9 AM to 7 PM all days.   Click here for locations for early voting.

November 4:  General Election

2014-17 Master Contract Ratified

Members of the educational support bargaining unit ratified the 2014-17 Master Contract on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by a vote of 565 – 5.      Terms of the agreement are effective July 1, 2014 and employees will see the pay increases in their first paycheck of the school year.     Twelve-month employees will also receive an additional paper paycheck for the retroactive pay for July.    The new 2014-17 Master Contract will be posted here soon.

Master Contract – OCESPA 2014-2015
Ed Support Salary Schedule FY 2014-2015


American Fidelity Enrollment

The time is near for the OCEA & OCESPA Annual Benefits Review and Enrollment. Don’t miss it! The enrollment begins April 14, 2014 and will end April 18, 2014.

Please plan on meeting with the American Fidelity Representative at your school site to review your benefits and the products available to members only through payroll deduction.

Please click on this link to view the enrollment information and schedule.

OCESPA member, Lorin Lewis, Okaloosa ESP of the Year!

Lorin Lewis ESPY
OCESPA member and Pryor Middle School bookkeeper, Lorin Lewis poses with Supt Mary Beth Jackson and her principal, Jeff Palmer, as she is recognized as the 2014 Okaloosa ESP of the Year.   The annual breakfast honoring all ESPY nominees was held March 14 at the Niceville Community Center.   Congratulations, Lorin!