Teacher labor negotiations underway in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Jackson County School District is trying to figure out how much to pay local teachers.

The Jackson County Education Association has been negotiating with the school district since May.

"In December after a thorough analysis of the school board's budget, we submitted an overall financial proposal that would have netted teachers a 4.1 percent increase in salary," JCEA President Dave Galloway said.

That's about an $845 raise. A step up on the salary scale brings that amount to almost $1,500.

"With the district coming back countering with just a step, which is a $650 raise, it barely offsets the insurance increase," Galloway said.

Union officials said teachers on the single plan will see their insurance premium go up about $300. Teachers on the family plan's premium will go up nearly $800.

JCEA just submitted its original proposal to the district.

"It's reasonable and it's fair and what's right for our teachers here in Jackson County," Galloway said.

District officials and school board members will hold an executive session on Friday to discuss pending labor negotiations.

"We hope to come to an agreement soon," Deputy Superintendent Cheryl McDaniel said. "We're as eager to settle as they are."

A bargaining session with both the instructional and non-instructional unions will be held Wednesday.

Friday's executive session to discuss labor negotiations starts at 6:30 a.m. and is closed to the public.