Leon County School Board Approves Teacher Raises, District Hands Out Chromebooks

Leon County School Board Approves Teacher Raises, District Hands Out Chromebooks

A salary increase has been recently approved for teachers in Leon County Public Schools. The raises will particularly affect beginning teachers, whose salaries will rise to $43,404 a year—a nearly $6000 increase.

This salary increase comes after a $5.3 million allocation from the district and the state, with 80% of those funds being used to increase the wages of starting teachers. Also affected are non-classroom educators, such as media specialists, guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers.

“We’re able to bring them up to the new base with those funds,” said Leon County Schools Chief Financial Officer Kim Banks.

The conversation surrounding salary increases for teachers is nothing new in the state of Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis has pushed for a starting pay of $47,500 for beginning teachers, a goal Leon County is working towards achieving in the coming years.

On Oct. 15, Leon County Schools moved toward another goal when students began receiving Chromebooks. Back in June, the School Board approved an $11 million plan for one-to-one technology access, enabling the district to purchase over 32,000 Chromebooks.

The handing out of Chromebooks started at Woodville K-8 School and is set to be followed up at Cobb Middle School and DeSoto Trail Elementary. Devices were originally intended to be handed out at the start of the school year but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By the end of the nine weeks, we’re hoping we will have the devices…for over 50% of our schools,” said Leon County School Board Superintendent Rocky Hanna. He hopes that the remainder of the over 30,000 Chromebooks will be handed out to students across the district in the near future.

7 Responses to "Leon County School Board Approves Teacher Raises, District Hands Out Chromebooks"

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    Edward Lyle   October 21, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Stand by… cheap Cromebooks available soon at a pawn shop near you.

    “Failure endeavored over and over again, is the very definition of Liberalism”

    ~ Edward Lyle

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    TONY   October 21, 2020 at 11:56 am

    I sure hope that one of the Programs on the Books is a GPS Tracker so you know which Pawn Shop to go to so you can retrieve it.

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    Snidely Whiplash   October 21, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Hopefully the delivery of the Chrome Books triggered the long awaited kickbacks from the Chrome Book seller and Rocky can distribute some of the kickbacks to his Democrat supporters who are also running for elected office for that final advertising push prior to election day.
    And save enough Rocky to get yourself a new boat.
    Ahhh politics in Leon County such a beautiful thing.

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      Alex K   October 22, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Rocky isn’t a Democrat.
      ….

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    Publius   October 20, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    And so, Leon voters re-elected someone who cannot vote on construction matters, one of the most important decisions the Board has as a responsibility, because she works in the industry. Go figure.

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    Chris Antley   October 20, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    I have an idea, Rocky Squirrel, how about you just get the kids in the classroom?

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      James   October 21, 2020 at 7:58 am

      They are in the classroom. Why do hate choice?

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