Key West, Fla. – The United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) and the Monroe County School District (MCSD) began contract negotiations for the upcoming school year last month to address compensation, benefits and evaluation. After seven (7) collective bargaining sessions the two teams were able to reach several tentative agreements including a generous compensation and benefits agreement for the two bargaining units.
“We are thrilled to see our employees receive one of the largest pay increases that they have seen in years. This should improve our ability to recruit and retain top quality employees for our great public schools in Monroe. “President of UTM, Holly Hummell-Gorman stated. Lead Negotiator for the Monroe County School District, Harry Russell stated, “It is important that MCSD continues to offer competitive salaries for all of our employees so we can recruit and retain the best and brightest who contribute to an excellent education system that our stakeholders expect.” Superintendent Theresa Axford said, “Congratulations to all the members of the UTM and District bargaining team led by Harry Russell, Executive Director of Personnel Support and Instructional Leadership. Their thoughtful negotiations led to a truly amazing salary improvement for all Monroe County employees. This is the first time in many years that employees complete the school year knowing what their salary will be for 23-24. In addition, we can hire teachers throughout the summer with a starting salary of $61,500 which I believe will be the highest in the state. Kudos to all” Monroe County School Board Chairman, Andy Griffiths states, “We are very fortunate in Monroe County. Our staff and union seek to create a win-win situation for everyone. It’s not like that in other places in the state.”
The tentative agreements will be presented by UTM to its members for a ratification vote on May 31st. The agreements will then go before the Monroe County School Board for their approval on June 13th. The implementation of the approved agreements will become effective July 1, 2023 through June 30th, 2024.