Okaloosa’s educational support personnel ratified the contract addendum and salary schedule on Tuesday by a vote of 636 – 8. Details of the new salary schedules can be found in the links below.
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.
All educational support employees in the OCSD are asked to vote on the proposed salary schedule (and addendum) below. The proposed agreement was reached between OCESPA and the school board on August 7, 2013. The OCESPA Executive Board recommends that our ESPs vote to ratify the agreement. Voting notices should be posted at each worksite on Thursday to notify all ESP employees of the location and time to vote on 8/27. If approved by our bargaining unit and the school board (will vote at their 8/26 meeting), employees should see the salary increase in the September pay, with a retroactive payment back to July 1 where applicable. Please don’t forget to vote!
Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andy Ford praised the Florida Senate for rejecting the controversial parent trigger bill that was promoted by the for-profit charter school industry and Jeb Bush’s foundation. The measure failed on a 20-20 tie vote.
“The parent trigger measure is a political device created by venture capitalists looking to rapidly expand for-profit charter school chains. Major parent groups in Florida opposed this bill,” Ford said. “This bill depends on professional lobbyists and outside forces to use marketing forces to persuade parents in a challenged school to transfer a valuable public asset from the jurisdiction of an elected school board into the hands of a corporation.”
Ford said he was heartened by the fact that this bill was defeated for the second straight year, but remains concerned that this idea will return again in future legislative sessions.
“Public schools are our schools. They don’t belong to the school board, the Legislature, the governor or the State Board of Education, and they certainly don’t belong to a privately owned, for-profit charter-school company,” Ford said. “They belong to all of us in Florida because they’ve been bought, paid for and maintained with our hard-earned tax dollars.”
Ford said it’s past time that the state make a serious effort to properly finance our public schools and make a significant investment in our children.
“Instead of chasing gimmicks like parent trigger, we should be making the investment to ensure that every neighborhood public school is as great as it can be,” Ford said.
All OCESPA members will soon receive a notice in the courier from our Elections Chair, Angie Fowler. Please consider becoming a union site representative at your worksite! Details will be in the letter. A site rep’s main duties to attend the monthly OCESPA meetings (second Tuesdays of each month), share the information with their members and to represent their members in meetings with supervisors. Please consider assisting your union and your union members!
The school district honored the Education Support Professional Employees of the Year at a breakfast at the the Niceville Community Center on Friday, March 15. After the breakfast, the ESPYs selected at each of the worksites were given the rest … Continue reading
Each worksite’s Educational Support Employee of the Year will be honored at a breakfast by the Okaloosa County School District on Friday, March 15 at the Niceville Community Center. Congratulations to our OCESPA members who were selected as the ESP of the Year at their worksites. We are proud of you! Click here to see our union member ESPYs!
Elections were held recently for the OCESPA officers and executive board. The officers and the classification representatives will serve a two-year term through February 2015. Each officer and their contact information can be found by clicking here.
View FEA’s recap of the week’s legislative activity in the Members Only section.
This gallery contains 8 photos.