November 2015 - On Oct. 27, the Savanna District Teachers Association (SDTA) ratified a settlement reached in contract negotiations with the Savanna School District (SSD) in Orange County. The terms of the three-year agreement include a change in the evaluation procedure for permanent employees. Changed from an every other year cycle to every three years, it also allows administrators to focus their energy on sorely needed support for new teachers who are being hired in increasing numbers.
The agreement includes a retroactive pay increase of 3 percent, beginning July 1, 2015. This pushes teachers’ top earnings to $109,224 and keeps SSD salaries competitive near the top of the 12 comparable elementary districts in Orange County.
“By putting the needs of students and teachers in the forefront of the process, our two teams have done their part to help us promote educational excellence here in the Savanna School District,” says SDTA Co-President Penny Cronin.
SDTA credits the district’s financial philosophy in helping to reach a competitive settlement. By rejecting the stockpiling of district funds, and following a practice of retaining no more than 6 percent reserves, SSD was able to effectively meet the needs of all stakeholders in the community.