Crestview teachers and support staff weigh in on potential pay raise

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Amy Dale — walking here with her first-grade class at Antioch Elementary School — said she is excited about a proposed pay increase for Florida's full-time teachers.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Full-time classroom teachers anticipate a potential $2,500 pay raise following Gov. Rick Scott's Jan. 24 announcement of his proposed state budget.

The Florida Legislature must pass the budget, which includes $480 million for the pay increases.

Amy Dale, a first-grade teacher at Antioch Elementary School, said she appreciated the announcement.

"I was glad he was acknowledging the efforts and the hard work of the teachers that transpire to the achievements of our Florida students," she said.

However, Dale said, she would like to see increases benefit all staffers.

 "We have lots of other roles in our schools that support our students," she said, referring to literacy, math and reading coaches who tutor students.

Barbbi Demara, a Crestview High School bookkeeper, agreed, and expressed concern for other positions, including hers, that the proposal excludes.

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