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  • MEA negotiated a minimum $544 increase for eligible teachers and a minimum $400 increase for eligible paraprofessionals for the 2014-2015 school year
  • MEA defended members facing allegations of child abuse within the district and at the Florida Department of Education
  • MEA negotiated the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the district that ensures that between 2014-2015 school year and the 2016-2017 school year no teacher will receive a rating of less than effective on the student learning growth portion of the Manatee County Teacher Evaluation System
  • MEA worked jointly with management to survey teachers and administrators and compile information to improve the Manatee County Teacher Evaluation System
  • MEA succeeded in restoring the supplement paid to all guidance counselors
  • MEA negotiated a MOU with the district that ensures Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Funds (aka ‘Teacher Lead’ money) will not be paid via a debit card
  • MEA worked with management to correct pay for ROTC instructors and many individual teacher and para members
  • MEA is in contact with the district administration on a daily basis to resolve issues and problems for its members
  • MEA provides assistance to members with concerns on their evaluations, including understanding the process, writing a rebuttal and meeting with their administrators
  • MEA provides an avenue for new and experienced teachers who may want mentoring or intervention
  • MEA/Management committee works together to ensure a safe working environment for all teachers and paraprofessionals and a safe learning environment for students
  • MEA/District Paperwork Reduction Committee approves and eliminates district forms and handles school-based forms that are appealed

MEA Secures 'Hold Harmless' Agreement with Manatee County School District

On January 30, 2015, MEA and the District signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) related to the student growth portion of the Manatee County Teacher Evaluation System (MCTES).  Unless there are Legislative changes that mandate otherwise, the impact will be that for the next three years teachers will receive no less than 'effective' on the student growth portion of their evaluations.  To read the MOU in its entirety, click here

Manatee Education Association and the Manatee County School Board Reach Tentative Agreement

MEA and the School Board negotiation teams reached a tentative agreement at 12:48 a.m. on October 14, 2014. 

Teacher Contract Highlights

  • 2% investment in the teacher salary schedule.
  • Salary step increases for all eligible teachers.
  • A minimum $544 salary increase for eligible teachers.
  • Conversion of the current salary schedule to a Grandfathered and Performance Pay Salary Schedule to meet requirements of Florida Statute 1012.22 (AKA SB 736).
  • Changes to teacher health insurance plan to reduce insurance cost and an opportunity to earn a wellness incentive.
  • Board contribution of $1.6 million to health insurance premium increases.
  • Board contribution of $5.9 million contribution to the health insurance reserve fund.
  • Scheduling flexibility provided for Senior High Schools to benefit teachers and students.
  • Total cost of settlement is $5,725,186 which includes health insurance changes.
  • Salary increases will be retroactive to July 1, 2014.

Paraprofessional Contract Highlights

  • 2% investment in paraprofessional salary schedule.
  • A minimum $400 increase for eligible paraprofessionals.
  • Changes to paraprofessional health insurance plan to reduce insurance cost and an opportunity to earn a wellness incentive.
  • Board contribution of $1.6 million to health insurance premium increases.
  • Board contribution of $5.9 contribution to health insurance reserve fund.
  • Total cost of the settlement is $1,931,141 which includes health insurance changes.

Salary increases will be retroactive to July 1, 2014.

Agreements Reached

August 22, 2014

MEA and the School District of Manatee County have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the use of Sick/Personal Leave days for teachers during the 2014-2015 school year only. The effective date of this MOU will be Monday, August 25, 2014. Click here to read the MOU.

In addition, agreements were reached on the following:

  • in order to avoid a reduction in pay,  bargaining unit members who were at the top of the salary schedule and received a $1750 supplement in 2013-2014 school year will continue to receive this supplement for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • to extend the Memorandum of Understanding on the Modified Instructional Week for 2014-2015.

Negotiations for 2014-2015 which include salary and benefits are on-going.

Questions can be directed to Pat Barber (747-5091 or association@manateeschools.net) or Dr. Diana Greene (708-8770 or greened@manateeschools.net).

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FINAL COMMUNITY INPUT SESSION TONIGHT

Thursday, November 21, 2013
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Lincoln Middle School

 

A Message from MEA President, Pat Barber

Attention MEA members:

I have been appointed to the Manatee County Schools' Citizens' Advisory Committee and wanted to make sure you are aware of the opportunity to provide input into the budget and strategic planning process of the School Board. It is important that teachers and paraprofessionals provide information during this process. You know what the priorities should be because you live with the students in the schools every day.

There are two ways to provide information:  participate in one of the sessions listed below or click on the link below and answer the survey on-line.

Parents, teachers, paras, community members and students have an opportunity to influence the direction of our district over the next five years, so please participate and encourage others to do so too.

The Manatee County Schools’ Citizens’ Advisory Committee would like to invite you to have supper with us and help develop our plans for the future. 

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

  • Short overview of the budgeting and planning process
  • Survey to determine community priorities
  • Explanation of what we will do with the information you provide
  • Staff members will be on site to assist with homework, tutoring, and educational activities for kids of ALL ages
  • Supper!!!

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO A SESSION?

Online option to provide input:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Shaping_the_Future_Together

FOOD, TUTORING, HOMEWORK HELP, AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Tentative Agreements Reached on Teacher and Paraprofessional Contracts

Teacher Settlement Highlights

August 13, 2013 - Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County have collaboratively reached tentative agreement on the Teacher Contract for the 2012-13 and the 2013-14 school years.

  • This settlement restores 3 years of step movement to a salary schedule that was reduced by 1.75% and frozen in February 2012.
  • The funding for this settlement was designated by the Governor and the Legislature for the sole purpose of enhancing teacher pay.
  • Teachers eligible for a step were moved on the schedule. 
  • The salary schedule is enhanced to ensure that everyone eligible for a three-step increase receives a minimum of $1750.
  • Teachers at the top of the salary schedule will receive $1750 as a one-time stipend eligible for retirement benefits.
  • The settlement merges the Annual Contract and Professional Services Contract salary schedules into one salary schedule.
  • This settlement corrects the placement of teachers previously given credit for experience on the salary schedule at the time of hiring.
  • A maximum of 8 years public school experience will be accepted for placement on the salary schedule effective with teachers hired for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • The cost without benefits is $6,346,254.
  • The parties reached a 3 year agreement through June 30, 2016, with reopeners for salary and fringe benefits.
  • This settlement incorporates all 2012-13 tentative agreements agreed to by the parties.

The tentative agreement requires ratification by the members of the bargaining unit and the Manatee County School Board prior to being implemented.

Paraprofessional Settlement Highlights

August 13, 2013 - Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County have collaboratively reached tentative agreement on the Paraprofessional Contract for the 2012-13 and the 2013-14 school years.

  • In addition to saving 60 paraprofessional jobs, the Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County reached agreement to provide a $381 raise for every paraprofessional.
  • The parties reached a 3-year agreement through June 30, 2016, with reopeners for salary and fringe benefits.
  • This settlement incorporates all 2012-13 tentative agreements agreed to by the parties.

The tentative agreement requires ratification by the members of the bargaining unit and the Manatee County School Board prior to being implemented.

MEA SECURES AGREEMENT FOR NON-RENEWED TEACHERS,
FIRST OF ITS KIND FOR MANATEE COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

June 4, 2013 - MEA and Manatee County Schools have signed an agreement outlining the rights of teachers who were non-renewed to return to work for the 2013-2014 school year as positions open.  This agreement pertains to teachers who were rated no less than effective in any category on the final evaluation for 2012-2013.  These rights will exist through the 10-day count for the 2013-2014 school year.  For more details click on the following to read the Memorandum of Understanding.

 

MEA also received clarification from the district on the direction principals were given regarding non-renewals of teachers and paraprofessionals.   MEA raised this issue with district management after receiving many calls from members saying not all first year annual contract teachers at their schools had been non-renewed.  As a result, Dr. Diana Greene, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, sent a memo to MEA and School Board members explaining what actually occurred with both teacher and paraprofessional non-renewals.  For more information click on the following read that memo.

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