Duval County Public
Schools reaches settlement with Teachers Union
JACKSONVILLE – Duval County Public Schools have
tentatively agreed to a contract with Duval Teachers United (DTU) for the
2008/2009 school year.
This tentative agreement is with teachers, paraprofessionals and office
personnel, and included a step increase for all units, salary enhancement at the
top step level and an increase of $300 to the beginning teacher salary schedule.
“I am happy that we are still able to offer an increase to our teachers during
this tough budget year,” said Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, Ed
Pratt-Dannals. “This increase allows us to remain competitive with surrounding
counties in the recruitment and retention of our teachers.”
The cost of salary increases to the district totals more than $9 million
dollars, with the average teacher salary now reaching $47,740. Negotiations
include non-contributory health benefits for individual employees, which costs
more than $5,550 per person.
The tentative agreement must be ratified by employees and approved by the Duval
County School Board, at its regularly scheduled meeting on September 2.
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