Okaloosa TIGER endorses Walker and Thrush for school board


Okaloosa TIGER, a political committee registered with the Florida Division of Elections has endorsed the following candidates for Okaloosa County School Board:
Rodney Walker, District 3
Melissa Thrush, District 5

Dates to remember:
Primary election, August 26
Last day to register: July 28
Early voting, August 11 through August 23
Early voting information: http://govote-okaloosa.com/?id=13
“Vote by mail” page on the Supervisor of Elections’ website:  http://govote-okaloosa.com/?id=12

General Election:   November 4
Last day to register:   October 6

Okaloosa TIGER congratulates Melissa Thrush!

Okaloosa TIGER congratulates Melissa Thrush for her win in the District 5 School Board race.

You can show your support for Rodney Walker in the November 4 District 3 school board runoff race by following his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rodney-Walker/1473983102860442

Dates to remember:

November 4:  General Election

October 6:  General Election Voter Registration Book Closing

October 20 – November 1:  Early voting

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!

Salary Schedules Approved!

Educational support personnel have overwhelmingly ratified the new salary schedules according to unofficial results.   Votes from each worksite will be tallied early Thursday.    The school board ratified the agreement  Monday evening.   The new salaries will be effective as of July 1, 2013 and employees should see the increases in their September paychecks, with a retroactive payment for August (and July, if applicable).     Details of the new salary schedules can be found in the links below.

OCESPA Addendum for Ratification 2013-14 rev 08212013

Ed Support Proposed Salary Schedule 2013-14 Rev 08212013