2018-19 ESP Negotiations

October 25
The session opened with BTU providing input into the “Clean-Up Proposal” previously presented by the District. The purpose of the “clean-up” of the contract was to eliminate outdated terminology (like CAB e-mail), provide consistency in language, remove outdated appendices, and fold some of the appendices into article they were related to.

The District responded to three BTU proposals previously submitted: 1) Five days of pre-planning instead of one, 2) Movement of all ESPs to the same 7.5 hour work day, and 3) guaranteed placement for an ESP who becomes a teacher, but then later elects to become an ESP again.

The District agreed the first two were great ideas, but stated that since there would be a significant cost to implement them, they would be classified as financial issues, which means they will be discussed further when all financial issues are dealt with. The District said tthe third one was unnecessary since there was always a demand of ESPs.

The District then offered proposed modifications of three articles for BTU consideration dealing with Grievances, Personnel Files and Labor Management Meetings

The next negotiations for Education Support Professionals will begin at 9:00 am on December 6th at BTU.

Members are always welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations.


October 15
Education Support Professionals, Education Professionals, and Technical Support Professionals held a joint session with the District at Atlantic Technical Center.

Judith Marte, Chief Financial Officer for the District, presented an overview of the District Budget similar to the one she presented to the school board. Due to District enrollment being short of estimates, money has to be returned to the state, so finding money for raises is posing a challenge. However, she emphasized that the Superintendent and the School Board directed her to find money for raises for employees.

Next, Dildra Martin-Ogburn, the District's Director of Benefits and Employment Services, provided an overview of the Employee Health Insurance benefits and respective costs as they come out of the same pot of money as salaries. As part of the presentation, a comparison to Miami-Date and Palm Beach Schools Districts was shown.

The next meeting for Education Support Professionals will be 11:30-3:30 on October 25th at a location to be determined.

Members are always welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations.

September 20
The District proposed minor changes to a number of articles and appendices in the contract. Most of these are "scrivener" errors, changes to department names, etc. The changes also propose to incorporate three appendices into related areas of the contract and eliminate a couple of appendices that the District said were obsolete. BTU will review the proposed changes.

BTU proposed changes to Articles 6 and 13. The proposal for article 6 would set the regular workday for all ESPs to 7.5 hours and would provide for ESPs return to to work during pre-planning for professional development and to adequately review IEP's. Proposed changes to Article 13 would give a priority to an ESP holding a valid certificate for open teaching positions they are eligible for and also allow them to return to their previous ESP position if they are not renewed as a teacher.

The next sesssion will be October 15. Members are always welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations.


July 19
Negotiations for the 2018-19 contract began with opening statements by BTU President Anna Fusco, ESP Vice President Bernie Kemp and TSP Vice President Matt Decker.

This first session included all three units to discuss common concerns. Following introductions of the three BTU Negotiating teams and the District’s team, the two sides exchanged proposed ground rules for this year’s session. After a caucus to separately discuss the respective proposals, agreement was reached.

Before adjourning, the next sessions for the ESP unit were scheduled for September 20. Members are welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations

ESP Negotiations
Negotiations Schedule

July 19 @ 1:30 PM @ BTU

September 20 @ 1:00 PM @ BTU

October 15 @ 2:00 PM
@ Atlantic Technical

October 25 @ 11:30
@ Arthur Ashe

December 6 @ 9:00 @ BTU


December 17 @ 2:00
Davie Prof Dev Center