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Negotiations update October 4, 2016


On Monday, October 3, 2016, teams from the MEA and the School Board reached tentative agreement on contract re-openers for teachers and paraprofessionals.

Highlights of the agreement include:

For Teachers on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule

  • Eligible teachers on the grandfathered schedule, other than those teachers rated unsatisfactory, shall receive 3 level movement

For Teachers on the Performance Pay Schedule

  • Modifications to the performance pay salary schedule are consistent with the requirements of Florida Statutes. 
  • Eligible teachers rated highly effective will receive 3-level advancement.  Those rated effective will receive 2-level advancement.  Those rated less than effective are not eligible for advancement in accordance with Florida Statutes.


  • In recognition of their long standing commitment to students, teachers with 16 and 25 years of continuous service in Manatee County receive longevity recognition in the form of additional supplements


  • Returning paras receive one salary step
  • Paras at the top receive a 2% increase


  • The agreement is retroactive to 7/1/16

Health Insurance

  • No changes to health insurance plan benefits
  • Health insurance premium structure changes from 3 tiers to 4 tiers.  Changes and premiums take effect December 1, 2016 for the January 1, 2017 plan year.  Details to follow soon.


The teams worked together to reach tentative agreement.

After meeting on August 24, 2016 the challenges in this year's bargaining include:

  • recommended health insurance increases for those covering a spouse while others maintain their current premium
  • limited availability of salary dollars due to lack of increased funding provided by the state.  This year's state funding increased by 1%.


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Stay tuned for further updates.