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Board approves step raises

by: Shanna Fortier Associate Editor

The School Board also voted to support Carver Gym and pursue play policies.

The Flagler County School Board approved Tuesday, Jan. 4, to restore employees to their appropriate step on the salary schedule.

The district has been in negotiations with the Flagler County Educators Associations and the Flagler County Support Personnel Association since April, 2010.

The step raises, which increase salary based on the number of years a teacher or staff member has worked in the district, will cost $1.2 million.

But not every employee is entitled to the full two steps, said Harriett Holiday, director of human resources. If a teacher was employed with Flagler Schools, on or before Jan. 3, 2008, he or she is eligible for the two-step increase.

Teachers employed on or before Jan. 4, 2009, are eligible for only one step. Teachers hired on or before July 1, 2010, are not eligible for any steps, Holiday told the board.

The raise is effective Jan. 3, but teachers will not be awarded retro-pay, and teachers should not expect to see the pay increase in this week’s check.

Schools to support Carver
Also, the board voted to commit $10,000 from the 2011-12 budget to support the continuation of programs and operation costs for Carver Gym. The board is just one of several organizations that County Commissioner Barbara Revels, who presented at the meeting, hopes to support the revival and expansion of the center.

“It’s good to see the community’s collaboration,” School Board member Andy Dance said.

Play policies written
The board also discussed guidelines for theatrical presentations to be added to policy and procedures.

The tentative addition states that the superintendent will develop and implement guidelines for theatrical presentations. According to the draft, the guidelines should be designed to support dramas that “challenge, nurture and extend student skills while adhering to the basic educational mission of teaching students boundaries of socially appropriate behavior, the rights and responsibilities of the exercise of free speech, and the importance of taking into consideration the sensibilities of the community.”

The tentative outline also says theatrical productions involving obscenity or advocating illegal acts or violation of school rules or policies will not be permitted.

Drama sponsors will have the primary responsibility, with principals holding the final authority.


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