The School Board of Sarasota County and the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association are happy to announce that we have negotiated a contract settlement for the 2020-21 school year. The agreement will provide for a 3% raise for all employees, instructional and classified. Employees had previously received a .5% retention adjustment, making the total settlement 3.5%. It also brings the beginning teachers’ salary to $47,500 in compliance with a new state law. The settlement will grant larger raises to our lowest paid teachers due to increasing that beginning salary. Those newly hired teachers could receive as much as a 7.22% increase.
Both sides are confident this settlement will keep Sarasota County teachers among the highest paid in the State of Florida. We thank our community for their continued overwhelming support of our tax referendum that enables us to negotiate competitive salaries that allows us to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers in the State.
This was the first bargaining under new Superintendent Brennan Asplen. With his guidance and support the two sides reached a quick and amicable settlement. SC/TA President, Pat Gardner stated, “It was good to have some calmness and cooperation return to the bargaining table. The entire district has benefited from Dr. Asplen’s calm and confident hand.”
Dr. Brennan Asplen stated, “I appreciate the SC/TA’s collaboration in reaching an excellent agreement. This cooperation is reflective of the positive environment in keeping with the tradition of hard work, compassion, and dedication that all employees of the District have displayed both then and now, particularly amidst the opening of school in this unique year.”