I am proud to share that the Osceola County School Board and the Osceola County Education Association (OCEA) have collaboratively bargained together and reached tentative agreement on a $8 million compensation package for the 2022-2023 school year. This tentative agreement now goes to both the School Board and OCEA members for ratification and settlement.
The Osceola County School Board and OCEA recognize the talent, commitment, time, and hard work of educators to support schools during the current very difficult circumstances and value the critical role teachers play in courageously ensuring educational excellence for every child, every chance, every day. The Osceola County School Board and OCEA are excited to have reached tentative agreement prior to the end of the school year so that our instructional employees can enjoy summer break knowing what they will be earning when they return to work in August.
Working within the mandates of recent legislation, and within the limits of the Florida Legislature’s budget allocations for Osceola County, once ratified, this settlement would ensure all full-time instructional employees receive the following salary increases and benefits for the 2022-2023 school year:
First-year instructional employees for the 2022-2023 school year would earn a minimum base salary of $48,500 (an increase of $1,000);
Current instructional employees returning for the 2022-2023 school year would receive a recurring salary increase based upon the following criteria: Evaluation Rating Total Amount Highly Effective = $1,650 Grandfathered = $1,300 Effective = $1,250
One-time, non-recurring Retention Incentive Supplement in the amount of $50 for each year of verified eligible experience for each instructional employee who has ten (10) or more years of verified eligible experience. [This one-time supplement shall be paid during the 2022-2023 school year only and no later than September 30, 2022, per the terms and conditions previously ratified by both parties on October 27, 2021, and November 02, 2021, respectively];
$1,500 ESOL Compliance Specialist/Program Specialist Supplement for all full-time ESOL Compliance Specialist/ Program Specialist employees;
No design changes to our School District’s major medical Health Insurance Plan;
Flexible Spending Account Match where the School Board shall match the employee’s FSA savings of $750 or more with a contribution of $250 in order to assist the employee toward the employee’s deductible;
Continued commitment to our School District’s Center for Employee Health; and
Memoranda of Understanding and revised contract language for the 2022-2023 school year: 2021-22 MOU re: oTECH CAPE Reward, 2022-23 MOU re: Flex Day, and Article 6.06-1 – Extended Workday Compensation
Tentative agreement documents are posted on the “Tentative Agreements and Ratification Documents” webpage on https://www.osceolaschools.net/Page/6812
I speak on behalf of our School Board members when I say we remain optimistic that we will be able to collaborate with OCEA in order to get these dollars into the hands of our dedicated educators as soon as a tentative agreement is ratified by both parties.
“This is the second achievement for the 2021-2022 historical Instructional Bargaining Leadership Team’s efforts. OCEA relishes the opportunity to continue to pursue the very best package for all teachers. We sincerely thank management’s team for their collaborative effort. We will continue to explore more and different methods while we continue to negotiate with management in future school years to get additional monies into classroom teachers’ pockets,” said April Isaacs and Janet Moody, members of the OCEA Instructional Employees’ Bargaining Leadership Team.
Debra P. Pace, Ed.D.
The School District of Osceola County