Brevard Public Schools, Local 1010 agree to raise for 3,100 support staff

VIERA ― Brevard Public Schools and its union for support staff, Local 1010 of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, have agreed on a salary increase and a set of tentative agreements for 2019-2020.

The proposed contract provides for a seventy-cent ($ .70) increase in hourly rate for all employees represented in negotiations by Local 1010. Those workers include more than 3,100 bus drivers, custodians, tradespeople, paraprofessionals, cafeteria and other support staff

After five bargaining sessions which began on October 1, the school district and union also tentatively agreed to the following:

Changing bereavement leave to allow three days of leave upon the death of a family member.

Allowing employees to transfer up to eight hours of sick leave to another employee who is in need.

Modifying the on-call plan to raise the stipend to $15.

Providing transportation employees in an automotive mechanic role an annual tool replacement stipend of up to $150.

What's next: The plan will be to have this information out for an employee vote and ratification in early December in preparation for school board approval at the December 17 board meeting.

Heritage High teacher named Southern District High School PE Teacher of the Year

PALM BAY ― Patricia Edwards, PE teacher at Heritage High School, has been selected as the Southern District High School PE Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health And Physical Educators (SHAPE) America.

Ms. Edwards was named a state winner last year by SHAPE Florida, which earned her the opportunity to move forward in the awards process and the nomination for regional recognition. She is now one of five candidates in consideration for the National High School PE Teacher of the Year distinction, to be named at the organization's national conference this April.

SHAPE America is the national organization that serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical education professionals across the nation. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and its National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country.

Anna Maria Curry, Social Worker, Stone Magnet Middle School

MELBOURNE ― Stone Magnet Middle School social worker, Anna Maria Curry, has been recognized by teammate and ESE teacher, Stephanie Ludlow, for the difference she has made in helping to build a campus culture of positivity and kindness at Stone.

Ms. Curry has implemented several new programs for students; the most significant being the school's Gopher Market, which opened last month.

The market provides food, school supplies and hygiene products to any Stone student. Ms. Curry also partners with other classes to promote service learning. During the morning before school, you can find her on the patio greeting students. This simple gesture has resulted in a huge change in student demeanor and attitudes.

"She is looked up to by many students and has made all of them feel welcomed and accepted," said Ms. Ludlow. "She is a great resource to others and will succeed in anything she does!"

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