Teachers’ Union and School Board Wind Up Negotiations

Bay County's teachers will be getting a raise, although it's not what they'd hoped to receive.

During Thursday night’s latest contract negotiating session, the Association of Bay County Educators and the negotiators for the Bay County School Board agreed on the pay increase.

But many people, presumably teachers, were upset and left the meeting as soon as the two sides agreed on a figure, a five percent increase without retroactive pay.

It would take effect in December and last through the end of the school year.

Despite the five percent raise, Nancy Sherrer of Oakland Terrace Elementary, spoke on behalf of a lot of teachers and says the School Board doesn't appreciate their efforts.

"As teachers we're upset with the school board. School boards in other counties are awarding six to eight percent. It makes us feel unworthy and we feel like were worth just as much."

Both the School Board and the ABCE must approve the raise before it becomes official