Hillsborough Schools, teachers' union reach tentative agreement on pay, child care costs and more

Must be voted on by the board, ratified by union

Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association announced Wednesday they have reached a tentative agreement for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. 

The agreement includes pay raises, a reduction in child care costs and other benefits. 

At a news conference on Wednesday, Superintendent Jeff Eakins said "it's a good day."

The tentative agreement must now be voted on by the Hillsborough County School Board and approved by a majority of members of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association union. The teachers union consists of approximately 15,500 teachers and 4,500 educational support personnel. 

The tentative agreement would deliver $4,000 raises to both groups of teachers discussed in recent negotiations - those who were eligible for "one-level" increases in the 2017-2018 school years. But it does come at a cost. The union has agreed to give up one-third of the promised $4,000 for a year. Meaning teachers lose out on about $1,333.

Teachers' aides and other instructional support staff would receive a pay raise of approximately 6.25% and a one-time bonus of $150. Experienced teachers at the top of the pay scale would receive a one-time payment of up to 2% of their salary, according to a press release from Hillsborough County Public Schools.

All employees would also receive: 

  • Reduced child care costs through the HOST before-and after-school program offered in most Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • 100% of the premium for an employee-only health care plan paid for by the school district, continuing a benefit from previous years
  • Additional pay if they qualify as a National Board Certified Teacher of an eligible employee at a high-need "Renaissance" school

To make the agreement possible, district leaders reduced expenses to make more funds available for compensation. The district saved about $32 million dollars by cutting 800 positions and cutting spending. It's also working to end a budget deficit that stood at $130 million just three years ago.

 

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