ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Negotiations are underway right now between the St. Johns County School District and the county's teachers union. At issue: how to spend $5.7 million earmarked for teacher raises.
Union President Dawn Chapman says the solution should be simple. "The teachers want to see that money used for teacher pay raises."
She's suggesting the money be divided among the district's 2,000 teachers. It would amount to about $2,200 each, plus another annual step increase.
"They are really counting on this money," she said.
The district would like to get a little more bang for its buck by including support staff in the raises, and by changing the raise schedule for teachers, offering them smaller annual increases.
The state has left it up to the districts to decide how the money will be spent.
Teachers will start the school year with a contract. And the union president says a strike isn't possible under Florida law. We'll let you know as soon as a decision is reached.