BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard Public Schools and the Brevard Federation of Teachers on Monday came to a tentative contract agreement, the district and the union announced.

What You Need To Know

  • Brevard schools, teachers' union agree on a tentative contract

  • The proposal still must be approved by union members, the school board

  • The agreement calls for a one-time $2,000 premium payment to teachers

  • Instructors with at least 12 years at BPS will get $1,100 more

The proposed contract still must be ratified by union members and approved by the school board.

Among the terms of the agreement are a one-time $2,000 payment for teachers' performance and dedication to students and an additional one-time payment of $1,100 for teachers who have worked for the district for at least 12 years, according to a statement released by the district.

BPS also agreed to pay a $1,000 supplement to teachers who work at schools with 9-hour workdays and a special rate of pay for Saturday morning training. The district also said it would add $71,000 to the budget to maintain one salary schedule for teachers, the statement said.

Health benefits were also bolstered as part of the agreement. The district will make $3.79 million in recurring payments to the health insurance trust fund to avoid health-care premium increases and a $6.2 million one-time infusion payment to the health insurance trust fund to hold off health-care premium increases. 

Brevard Public Schools’ total compensation to the Brevard Federation of Teachers will be $24.3 million, the district said. 

“We are pleased that BPS offered significant one-time bonuses to all teachers, despite substantial budgetary challenges, while recognizing the inequity in salary increases for our veteran educators,” BFT President Anthony S. Colucci said in a statement.