CHIPLEY -- Washington County School Board approved Monday raises for highly effective and effective teachers.
The School Board's salary adjustment for teachers comes after three months of negotiations with teachers union Washington County Educators Association (WCEA). According to district officials, about 95-percent of teachers will receive the adjustment.
Teachers receive ratings based on state evaluation, coupled with students achievement and rankings from school administrators. According to the approved WCEA contract, highly effective teachers will receive $1,036, effective teachers will receive $518 and grandfathered personnel -- apparently, tenured personnel -- will receive $518 added to the salary schedule.
WCSB Superintendent Joseph Taylor said he thinks the adjustments are competitive with other school districts.
"We're satisfied all the way around," Taylor said.
Also included in the FY 17-18 WCEA contract: new supplements for exceptional student education (ESE), English as a Second Language program (ESOL) and for schools with more reading time; teachers will receive three unscheduled planning days during the pre-planning period; and, the School Board will cover a larger percentage of insurance costs.
Taylor emphasized that the state's funding for salary adjustments, which come out in March, are separate from the adjustments the School Board approved Monday.
In other business, the School Board approved architectural services for the renovation of the old Kate M. Smith cafeteria and for stadium restrooms at Chipley High School football field. The projects are projected to cost about $800,000 combined and are slated to be complete by June 30, no later than Aug.1.
A workshop on the projects will be held Monday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at School Board Administration Building.
The School Board meets regularly on the second Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in the board room at the School Board Administration Building, the district's headquarters, located at 652 N. Third St.