President Capoziello stated, "I appreciate the candor of the budget discussions with the Superintendent and School Board Members.
To achieve these common goals, Dr. Sherrie Nickell, Superintendent of Schools and Marianne Capoziello, President of the Polk Education Association have been meeting throughout the summer to ensure a new transparency in the budgeting process.
Marianne Capoziello, President of PEA was pleased that this settlement comes early in the school year.
"Our goal has been to see wages start to move in a meaningful way.
We feel this contract settlement begins that process.
We are seeing both teacher steps increasing in value and seeing teachers move forward on the steps-that is a truly positive development!
For support staff we are seeing the second year of step movement, again a move in the right direction because a highly trained work force at every level is good for students."
Both Nickell and Capoziello
agree that progress needs to continue to be made as the District moves forward but, with open discussion, transparent budgeting, and laser like focus on common goals both agree that progress will be made.