BRADENTON, Fla. - On Monday, September 9th, the Manatee County School Board (MCSB) approved new three year contracts that would provide pay increases to teachers, paraprofessionals, and a broad range of other school district employees.
The teacher settlement between the Manatee Education Association (MEA) and the school board involves a one-to-three step pay raise structure based on experience. Teachers eligible for a three-step raise will receive a minimum increase of $1750. Another settlement provides a $381 raise for every paraprofessional, saving 60 jobs. Both agreements still require final approval.
Commenting on the agreement, Manatee School District Superintendent Rick Mills says, "It is a top priority of this school district to reinvest in our employees to help restore some of the personal sacrifices during the last several years."