Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Workshop on Fryer's Salary Postponed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Workshop on Fryer's Salary Postponed

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A Duval County School Board workshop scheduled for tomorrow to address a pay raise and bonus for Superintendent John Fryer has been "postponed indefinitely," board Chairwoman Linda Sparks said yesterday.

In a letter sent to the board Friday, Sparks said she agreed with board members Stan Jordan and Susan Wilkinson, who each submitted memos requesting that the workshop be postponed because of other issues before the board.

One issue is the continuing collective bargaining with Duval Teachers United. Negotiations have been ongoing since July 1.

The idea of a raise and bonus was prompted by an agenda item brought forth by Sparks at last week's board meeting. The board did not discuss the issue, opting for a workshop.

But public reaction was swift. Board members said their offices were flooded with telephone calls. Some people favored giving Fryer more money, but many were vehemently opposed arguing that the superintendent's annual base salary of $150,000 was high enough, and that he has not done enough to merit additional money.

Sparks said yesterday she did expect such a response.

"It is postponed indefinitely," she said of the workshop. "No offer of a salary increase or bonus has been offered to the superintendent."

In her memo to the board, Sparks wrote that there is a proposed agenda item for the Oct. 5 board meeting regarding the ratification of collective bargaining agreements with Duval Teachers United. She suggested that discussion regarding Fryer's salary could be resumed after ratification. …

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