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Record Day MOU Signed

May 3, 2021 - The School District of Manatee County and the Manatee Education Association have reached agreement through Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in lieu of any formal action over the recent adoption of modifications to the calendar for 2021-2022.  The MOU addresses the modifications to the October 8, 2021 Record Day and modifies the Collective Bargaining Agreement pertaining to Article XVII-Work Year-Section 1-Work Year. 

The MOU provides the following: 

  1. Voluntary BEST Standards professional learning opportunities may be offered on half of the Record Day on October 8, 2021. It is the teacher’s sole choice to participate in this professional development, and no one shall be coerced or pressured to do so by any District or school administrator. No other meetings or professional learning will be scheduled on October 8th. 
  2. The Student Growth Score within the Teacher Evaluation System for the 2020-2021 work year will only be used if the measure results in an advantage or benefit for the teacher. 
  3. The Superintendent and MEA agree to distribute a joint communication regarding the voluntary professional development, its purpose, and the fact it is restricted to the Record Day on October 8, 2021. 

Pat Barber                                                                       Cynthia Saunders
MEA President                                                                Superintendent 

2020-2021 Negotiations

January 13, 2021 - Please be advised, the outcome of the ratification votes on the tentative agreements by the bargaining units is as follows: 

             Paraprofessional Bargaining Unit:  Yes 

             Teacher Bargaining Unit:                 Yes  

The vote tallies are as follows:

                                                                          Yes      No

Paras                                                                  386      37

Teachers                                                          1743    150

Raises and retro pay will be paid in the February 26th paychecks.

Longevity for those who qualify this year will be paid in the February 12th paychecks.

Sincerely, 

Kara Carney, Chair
Internal Affairs Committee 


Notice

of

Teacher and Paraprofessional Ratification Voting

on

Tentative Agreements 2020-2021

Voting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021

and will end at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

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The ratification votes will take place by electronic ballot.

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Voting instructions will be sent by email to each member of the teacher and paraprofessional bargaining units.  The tentative agreements will be posted at your school and are posted below.

If you have any questions, please contact MEA at 747-5091 or via email at association@manateeschools.net.


Tentative Agreements Reached

The bargaining teams of the Manatee Education Association and the District met to discuss para and teacher contracts on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

After negotiating for several hours, the teams were able to reach tentative agreement on the teacher and para contracts.

Highlights of the Teacher Tentative Agreements are as follows:

 -Base salary increases to $46,429 (Grandfathered Schedule)/$46,439 (Performance Schedule) using the funds provided in the state Teacher Salary Allocation

-Those above the base salary receive a three-pay level increase

-Longevity for teachers who completed 16 years ($2,100)/25 years ($3,600) in Manatee County last year

Highlights for the Paraprofessional Tentative Agreement are as follows:

-one step movement on the salary schedule for eligible paraprofessionals

-2% to paraprofessionals at the top of the schedule

-$0.10 per hour increase applied to each step of the salary schedule

For both contracts all current contract language including health insurance premiums continues until 2021-2022 negotiations.

All salary improvements are retroactive to July 1, 2020.

The teachers and paraprofessionals will vote on ratification of the tentative agreements after the Winter Break.  Then, the School Board will place the agreements on their agenda for ratification.

Pat Barber                                                                                       Cynthia Saunders
President                                                                                         Superintendent
Manatee Education Association                                                      School District of Manatee County


November 18, 2020 - The MEA and management bargaining teams met today to discuss the teacher and para contracts for 2020-2021.

During the time since the last session, MEA continued to dig into the School Board’s budget to determine where funds could be located to find raises for those teachers not impacted by the Teacher Salary Allocation and raises for all paraprofessionals.

If there is going to be any money for raises for teachers and paras other than those for whom the state has provided Teacher Salary Allocation money, it will have to come from the School Board’s budget and salaries will have to be made a priority.

Today, Tim Bargeron, Deputy Superintendent of Finance, gave a budget presentation to the MEA bargaining team. A great deal of uncertainty remains around the budget.

In addition, management responded to MEA’s last proposal which was presented at the last bargaining session on Friday, September 18, 2020. The district modified their proposal to include recognition of longevity.

No agreements were reached.

The bargaining notes from the September 18, 2020 meeting are posted below.  

The next bargaining session is scheduled for December 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.


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September 21, 2020 - The MEA and management bargaining teams met for an initial bargaining session on Friday, September 18, 2020 to exchange initial proposals.  Management focused on meeting the parameters of HB 641 and making sure that those funds are spent. Their intent is to make a report to the school board in order to meet the state requirement pertaining to HB 641 to report by October 1st.  MEA provided compensation proposals on behalf of teachers and paraprofessionals. This information will be discussed further at Rep Council on Monday, September 21, 2020.

The following are the bargaining team members:

For MEA - Bruce Proud, Pat Barber, Dawn Walker, Cory Bernaert (Freedom), Linda Bryan-Beachler (Freedom), Kara Carney (Rogers Garden Bullock), Helen King (Bayshore Elementary), Brian Kirchberg (Braden River HS), Melanie Newhall (Kinnan), Rena Morano (Palmetto HS), Marlyce Stringer (Tillman) and Jon Syre (King). 

For Management – Tim Bargeron, Bill Vogel, Doug Wagner and Genelle Zoratti-Yost.

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2020-2021 Teacher and Para Millage Supplement

August 27, 2020 - The School District of Manatee County and the Manatee Education Association have reached agreement on the millage supplements for the 2020-2021 school year. The millage supplements are based upon employee allocations for the new school year and current millage revenue estimates. 

2020-2021 Pay Options

June 3, 2020 – The School District of Manatee County and the Manatee Education have signed  Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that will adjust how employees are paid beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.  Every employee will have to select how they will be paid by filling out the Pay Option Form below and returning it to HR no later than Thursday, June 25, 2020

Currently, employees are paid semi-monthly (on the 10th and 25th of the month) and earn 24 pay checks in a school year. 

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, employees will be paid bi-weekly (every other week).  Your annual salary remains the same in each option.  The options are as follows:

  • 22 pay checks over the work year (August – June),
  • 26 pay checks with pay over the summer
  • 26 pay checks with 5 checks paid in a lump sum on the last pay check of the work year

Deductions for health insurance, life insurance, flexible benefits will be deducted equally among all checks depending on the option chosen, and MEA dues deductions will be deducted over 22 pay checks. 

The MOUs, pay options form and some examples of what these changes could look like for teacher and para pay checks are below.

Please make your selection using the pay option form and return to HR no later than June 25, 2020. If it is not returned, you will default into the 26 pay option.

Pay Options Form:  PDF icon pay_option_form_2020_fillable.pdf

MOU Teacher Pay Options: PDF icon signedmouteacherpayoptions.pdf

MOU Paraprofessional Pay Options:  PDF icon signedmouparapayoptions.pdf

Examples of Teacher Pay Options:  PDF icon pay_options_teachers.pdf

Examples of Para Pay Options:  PDF icon pay_options_paras.pdf

2019-2020 Negotiations

Please be advised that the outcome of the ratification votes on the tentative agreements by the bargaining units is as follows:
 

     Paraprofessional Bargaining Unit:      Yes
 

 

     Teacher Bargaining Unit:                      Yes 


Notice

of

Teacher and Paraprofessional Ratification Voting

on

Tentative Agreements 2019-2020

 

Voting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019

and will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019.

 

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The ratification votes will take place by electronic ballot.

 

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Voting instructions will be sent by email to each member of the teacher and paraprofessional bargaining units.  The tentative agreements will be posted at your school and on the MEA website, www.manateeea.org.

 

In addition, teachers and paraprofessionals were sent all of the tentative agreements on the respective contracts electronically. They are also posted below.
 

If you have any questions, please contact MEA at 747-5091 or via email at association@manateeschools.net.

PDF icon final_teacher_tentative_agreements_20192020_110419.pdf

PDF icon final_para_tentative_agreements_20192020_110419.pdf


November 5, 2019 - On Monday, November 4th the Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County reached a tentative agreement on the terms for the 2019-2020 contract for teachers and paraprofessionals. The tentative agreements will be presented to teachers and paraprofessionals as well as the School Board for ratification before going into effect.

Highlights of the teachers’ tentative agreement include for the Performance schedule for all eligible teachers a 4 level advancement on the salary schedule for those who received a rating of Highly Effective. A 3 level advancement for those on the Performance schedule who received an Effective rating. Teachers on the Grandfathered schedule will also advance 4 levels on the schedule. There will also be a Cost Of Living Adjustment of $100 added to each level of the salary schedules for all teachers. Teachers who have completed 16 or 25 years with the district will receive a longevity supplement.

The highlights for the paraprofessional agreement include a movement of 2 steps on the salary schedule for all eligible paraprofessionals. Those paras who have reached the top of the salary schedule will receive a percent equal to 2 steps.

Both agreements include no increase in cost of the health insurance premium or changes to the benefits.

MEA President Pat Barber said “Reaching this agreement was made more difficult due to the challenges presented by the decades of poor funding provided by the FL Legislature and the manner in which the funding has been allocated. The theme has been doing more with less for a very long time and this agreement reflects that. We came to an agreement that maximized the dollars available.”

The teams worked to come to agreement exchanging proposals during three extended bargaining sessions.

 “The tentative agreement reached Monday represents another significant step forward for our teachers and paraprofessionals in terms of having highly competitive compensation compared to their peers around the state,” said Superintendent Cynthia Saunders. “I want to thank the bargaining teams that made this tentative agreement possible, and I am extremely proud of the hard work being done by our teachers and paraprofessionals in our classrooms each and every school day.”

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October 24, 2019 - The MEA and management bargaining teams met on a second session on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 

Management countered MEA’s proposal by offering teachers 3 level movements for teachers rated highly effective and 2 levels for effective as well as a $300 COLA.  Their proposal for paras was 2 steps. 

MEA provided a proposal after considering management’s counter proposal which included 4 levels for teachers rated highly effective and 3 levels for teachers rated effective plus a $400 COLA.  MEA’s proposal for paras was 2 steps and a $0.15 per hour increase on the salary schedule. 

MEA and management are working toward scheduling a future bargaining date. 

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October 3, 2019 - The MEA and management bargaining teams met for an initial bargaining session on Thursday, October 3, 2019. 

After management presented information related to the district’s budget MEA spokesperson Bruce Proud asked questions related to the money received from the Legislature for this year’s budget including separating what money is available in the general fund versus what funding is categorical and mandated by law for specific purposes.

Management proposed a salary increase for teachers of three (3) levels for those who received a highly effective rating, two (2) levels for those who received an effective rating on the performance schedule and three (3) levels for teachers on the grandfathered schedule. Management proposed one (1) step increase for paraprofessionals. 

MEA proposed a salary increase for all eligible teachers of six (6) levels for those who received a highly effective rating, four (4) levels for those who received an effective rating on the performance schedule, six (6) levels for teachers on the grandfathered schedule and a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of $500 for all instructional bargaining unit employees. MEA proposed a three (3) step increase for all eligible paraprofessionals and a COLA of $250 for all paraprofessional bargaining unit employees.

The following are the bargaining team members:

For MEA - Bruce Proud, Pat Barber, Dawn Walker, Cory Bernaert (Freedom), Linda Bryan-Beachler (Freedom), Kara Carney (Rogers Garden Bullock), Helen King (Bayshore Elementary), Brian Kirchberg (Braden River HS), Melanie Newhall (Kinnan), and Rena Morano (Palmetto HS). 

For Management – Bill Vogel, Kate Barlaug (Haile), Willie Clark (SSC), Jacob Davis (SSC), James Horner (Abel), Heather Jenkins (SSC), John Reichert (SSC), Lesli Strickland (SSC), Tammy Taylor (SSC), David Underhill (Manatee HS), Doug Wagner (SSC) and Genelle Zoratti-Yost (SSC).

Bargaining is tentatively scheduled to resume on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

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Amended Memorandum of Understanding - Millage Referendum for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

The amended referendum clarifies how much of teachers' outside the student day planning time management may use for meetings.

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Memorandum of Understanding - Work Year

This MOU is related to the first week of work for teachers.

PDF icon mouworkyear.pdf

Memorandum of Understanding - Payment for No Sub

This MOU is a change in how payment is made if there is no substitute available.

PDF icon moupaymentfornosub.pdf

Memorandum of Understanding - Professional Learning Wednesdays '19-'20

This MOU explains the working conditions for teachers and paraprofessionals in relation to the district's Professional Learning Wednesdays for the '19-'20 school year.  

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