Yesterday afternoon, negotiating teams for the Volusia County School Board and the teachers' union, the Volusia United Educators (VUE), reached a historic 3-year settlement on all issues.
The settlement provides average raises of up to 7.5% for teachers over the next three years. The raises are retroactive to July 1, 2018. here will be fewer meetings for teachers, so they can spend more time in the classroom. Elementary students and teachers also get additional instructional time.
This is the first three-year agreement entered between the district and union. A two-year agreement was reached for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
"Much deserved raises are coming to our teachers," stated Superintendent Tom Russell. "I appreciate President Albert and our bargaining teams getting this deal done."
"This was a long process, and I'm glad we could reach an agreement that works for our teachers," stated VUE President Elizabeth Albert. "This settlement will provide an opportunity for our district to focus on what we need to do in order for our students to thrive."
The settlement will be presented to the school board and teachers for ratification.