Charles Parker, candidate for School Board District 2, said today that teacher and support staff salaries should coincide at a minimum with Cost-of-Living-Adjustment increases.
“Not only should teachers and staff earn a living wage,” Parker said, “but the pay should keep up yearly with how much it costs to live.”The COLA for 2018 is 2.0% - higher than the 1.5% raise teachers and staff ended with after bargaining sessions with the Brevard Federation of Teachers.
“COLA should be a starting point. Of course, there are many issues such as planning time, comp and flex time, and insurance. But base salary should have some steadiness, consistency, and reasoning behind it.“The union did a pretty good job for teachers this year. Using a time-honored and legitimate method such as COLA could make it even better,” Parker said.
Parker officially filed with the Supervisor of Elections on Wednesday and is currently assembling his campaign team.“I already have commitments from some Brevard County movers and shakers, but I’ve also had offers to help from some folks who are relatively new to politics,” Parker added. “I hope to broaden the voting base with new, young supporters, while also reaching out to traditional Brevard County voters.
“Our plan is to quickly get our petitions done, raise some money, and broaden our communications effort. Also, since this is a non-partisan race, I’m reaching out to both main political parties and voters. I think my platform will resonate across traditional partisan lines.”Parker said he had heard voter frustration first-hand and wants to be there for those who feel they are not being heard. “My voice is your voice,” Parker said. “You can trust me on that.”