The Sarasota County School District and the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association (SC/TA) have agreed to a new two-year compensation agreement for teachers and non-instructional employees. The two sides announced the deal after a long negotiation process.

Last month, teachers countywide protest the raise the superintendent was set to receive, while claiming teacher raises were minimal by comparison.

ABC-7 reports that teachers with an effective performance evaluation will receive a 3.25 percent salary increase each year, under the new deal. Those instructors who earn a highly effective evaluation will receive a 4.25 percent pay increase and non-instructional employees will receive a 3.75 percent increase. Both parties agreed to an annual first-year teacher salary of $43,150 for the 2017-18 school year with an increase to $44,340 next year.

The School Board still has to officially vote on the new deal next month.