The Association of Bay County Educators teachers union and Bay District are at odds when it comes to teacher salaries. They met again Wednesday night to negotiate teacher contracts.
Last time at the table, the teachers union asked the district for $5 million per year over the next two years to go to teacher salaries.
Wednesday the district came back with its offer of a zero percent teacher salary increase saying the money is not there in the tight budget year.
Teachers showed up to the meeting wearing green and carrying signs trying to persuade the district they deserve higher pay.
“Tremendously disappointed the district continues to offer us a zero percent increase. Teacher moral is at an all time low in Bay County, I’ve only been in the district for 15 years but I’ve never seen teachers as demoralized as they are right now,” said ABCE President Alexis Underwood.
“The fact that there’s no raise offer is absolutely not about how we feel about our teachers, we love our teachers, we value our teachers and we wish the state would send us more money,” said Bay District Schools Communications Director Sharon Michalik.
The district did agree to cover the cost of insurance if it increases this year, something the union had requested. The two will meet again on October 18th to try to agree on salary.