Okaloosa teachers may see a raise

Okaloosa County Schools District
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Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Teachers in Okaloosa County schools will see more money after the first of the year if a recommended pay scale is approved.

Pending an OK from teachers and the School Board, most teachers will see at least a 3 percent increase for this school year.

See the cost of changing to a 30-step schedule.

The only exception will be those who have reached the top of the step pay scale. Under the pending agreement, they will see about a 2 percent increase, which is better than they had in previous years when they received nothing, said Mike Foxworthy, chief negotiator for the school district.

It’s also the first time in a year teacher pay in general has increased.

“While this is a very small improvement in the salary schedule, it’s the first time we’ve been able to improve it in the last five years,” Foxworthy said.

Last year, district officials said they couldn’t afford to pay the step increase. After a lengthy battle, the decision was upheld in two legal proceedings.

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