Brevard Public Schools and Brevard Federation of Teachers Union Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

tentative agreement raises the minimum base starting teacher salary to $48,725

Brevard Public Schools and the Brevard Federation of Teachers union came to a tentative contract agreement Friday that includes an average of a 4.2% raise for teachers. According to Brevard Public Schools spokesman Russell Bruhn, the tentative agreement raises the minimum base starting teacher salary to $48,725 and includes several types of payments for our teachers.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools and the Brevard Federation of Teachers union came to a tentative contract agreement Friday that includes an average of a 4.2% raise for teachers.

According to Brevard Public Schools spokesman Russell Bruhn, the tentative agreement raises the minimum base starting teacher salary to $48,725 and includes several types of payments for our teachers. They include:

■ Highly Effective pay for performance teachers will get $1,400
■ Effective or Grandfathered teachers will get $1,050
■ Teachers with BPS from six to 13 years will earn an additional $850
■ Teachers with BPS 14 years or longer will earn an additional $1,250
■ Lead Mentor teachers and teachers who mentor two or more new teachers will see their supplement increase to $1,000 (this year only)
■ Teachers who mentor one new teacher will see their supplement increase to $500 (this year only)

“Earlier this week BPS and BFT agreed to recruitment and retention bonuses for teachers at priority schools,” said Bruhn in a press release.

“Teachers at Tier 2 schools can earn up to $2,000 and teachers at Tier 3 schools can earn up to $3,000.”

The district and the union also agreed to a $5,000 recruitment and retention bonus for teachers at Gardendale Separate Day School. Both sides also agreed on health insurance that will include $300 being given to all eligible employees in a Flexible Spending Account.

During earlier contract talks the Brevard Public Schools agreed to the following:

■ $3,400 to $4,400 in one-time premium pay for teachers (Already Ratified)
■ Ten days paid parental leave
■ $45 for teachers to cover a class during their planning time
■ $1,200 FRS eligible supplement for teachers on the pay for performance salary schedule at the start of their 11th year (previously began at 12th year)
■ $2,500 supplement for ESE support specialists

Bruhn said both sides also agreed on language on compensatory time.

“This is only a tentative agreement; BFT members must ratify the agreement,” said Bruhn. “If that happens, the School Board would need to approve the agreement.”

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