For Immediate Release:  December 20, 2012



            VIERA, FLA. - Brevard Public Schools (BPS) and the Brevard Federation of Teachers (BFT) reached tentative agreement on a two year contract for the 2012-2014 school-years. Several historic items were included in the contract. The two negotiation teams worked collaboratively to incorporate several new items within this contract that support both the needs of the district and the affected staff, states associate superintendent for human resources, Debra Pace.

            The negotiations team bargained highly innovative solutions into this contract, states BFT president, Dan Bennett. Highlights of the agreement include:

  Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, secondary teachers will teach six of seven class periods, eliminating one class supplement.

  Four additional early release Wednesdays will be scheduled in 2013-2014 for the purpose of teacher training and staff development.

  Transfer decisions will be based on evaluation ratings in lieu of seniority.

  For 2012-2013, teachers will receive a 1% bonus and as of July of 2012, the Board of Education will contribute $20/teacher per month towards health insurance.

For the 2013-2014 school year, teachers will receive a 1.5% increase to their salaries. Beginning in January of 2014, teachers will also contribute $20 per month towards their health benefit plan.