Years of debate ends after agreement for Volusia County teachers

Contract still needs to be ratified


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – After years of contentious debate, the Volusia County School Board has finally reached a deal with the teacher's union.

The two-year deal will:

  • Increase beginning teachers pay by $1,000.
  • Average teacher raises of 4.25% for the 2016-2017 school year and 2.5% for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Average clerical raises of 6.25% for the 2016-2017 school year and 2.5% raise for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Plus additional raises ranging from $0.75 - $1.00 for school paraprofessionals and $.025 per hour for clerical personnel. 
  • No raises would be awarded for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • One-time bonuses paid to employees returning to duty in the 2016-2017 school year from the prior year. $500 to teachers and $300 to clerical and paraprofessional personnel.
  • Employee health insurance subsidy of $531 per month. 

"I commend all negotiating teams for arriving at a solution that is fiscally responsible and also rewards our hardworking employees. This settlement puts us on the right track." said Superintendent Tom Russell.

Employees will schedule a vote to ratify the agreement in the near future.

Negotiations with the trade union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) are scheduled for Thursday, July 21 at 9 a.m. at the District Administrative Complex in DeLand.