School board approves teachers union contract for pay raise
Bay District teachers are now one step closer to getting the pay raises their union is lobbying for.
At Tuesday's school board meeting, the board approved the contract the teachers union and the district agreed to during bargaining last week.
After months of negotiations, the two sides agreed on a three percent raise for teachers for this school year and next. The next step is for the district's teachers to vote on the contract. That's the only way for the raise to actually kick in.
"We want to make sure our teachers read the language and have a chance to ask any questions they may have and have them answered, and then we'll hold a vote, depending on the school, Monday through Wednesday of next week, and we're confident that our folks are going to ratify the contract as well," said Alexis Underwood, President of the Association of Bay County Educators.
Once the votes are in, they will be forwarded to the superintendent who will make the contract official.
The union asks that teachers please read the contract that will be passed out at schools this week.