Miami-Dade Schools

Miami-Dade School Board to vote on raises


School Board members may approve pay raises for hundreds of employees Wednesday, including some of the district’s senior-most administrators.

It might be payday for hundreds of Miami-Dade County Public Schools employees, including top district officials, when the School Board meets Wednesday.

Among the issues board members will take up is a collective bargaining and compensation item that -- following the approval of a teachers union contract with pay increases that kicked in during December -- sets up pay bumps for administrators both in schools and at the district’s downtown office.

Principals, assistant principals, secretaries and district officials, including the cabinet of Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, will receive 2.25 percent pay increases, slightly less than the 2.77 average increase for teachers. Raises will be retroactive to the Dec. 21, according to the district.

Carvalho will not get a pay raise, though the item may be a precursor to a boost for the district’s head honcho following the award of the Broad Prize and his successful campaign to win $1.2 billion in voter-approved bonds. His current salary is $277,700, accoring to payroll records.

“You’re not included, but that’s probably something we should think about,” board member Carlos Curbelo said last week during committee meetings.

Carvalho said pay increases are to be applied across the board. But “as far as administrators are concerned, individuals who may be under a disciplinary action are not eligible for a salary increase.”

While teachers’ raises have been negotiated, the compensation item on Wednesday’s agenda also includes the district’s release of $14 million in federal Race To The Top performance pay, which this year will be distributed in lesser amounts - $7,000 max, compared to $25,000 last year - and to more teachers.

Which teachers will receive payouts for their work last school year, and the value of those payments, remains under negotiation.

The School Board meets at noon in the district headquarters auditorium at 1450 NE Second Ave. in downtown Miami.

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