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Contract negotiations under way for Pasco school employees



It took the Pasco school district and the United School Employees of Pasco nearly the entire 2011-12 school year to resolve their contract negotiations. Issues involving teacher evaluations proved the major sticking point.

With the 2012-13 school year barely underway, the sides quietly have returned to the table to begin negotiations for contract renewal.

"We haven't started with economics," USEP president Lynne Webb told the Gradebook. "We are starting with successor language for teacher evaluations."

The Florida Department of Education is adding to the requirements for evaluations, based upon changes mandated by the Legislature in SB 736, as the full move to value-added measures and performance pay nears. The district and union want to make sure they follow all the mandates. 

Discussions on pay and related matters remain in the offing, as the School Board prepares to adopt a budget that now calls for two furlough days and another year without raises. The board plans a closed door session for Tuesday evening to discuss negotiations.

No one expects any deals soon.

"We're not going to be settled before people return to work," Webb said.

[Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 4:45pm]


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