Crestview teachers and support staff weigh in on potential pay raise

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

"I think it is where it should be, because you want to take care of the classroom and students in that classroom first," he said.

The increase, if approved, would help cover the cost of family health insurance with the Okaloosa County school system.

"It has doubled ... in 2006 it was $335," Demara said of a typical deduction. "As of Jan. 1, it is $744 per month."

A pay increase particularly would help excluded staffers, who, like full-time classroom teachers, involuntarily contribute 3 percent of pay to the school system's pension plan.

"I am happy to contribute to my retirement," Demara said. "If they can take 3 percent from me, as well as take 3 percent from teachers .... I would like to see us impacted as well."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.

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