End in sight for Pasco contract negotiations
Salary and benefits: Done. Teacher evaluations: Done.
With only a handful of small items remaining, representatives from the United School Employees of Pasco and the Pasco school district head to the negotiating table at 5 p.m. today optimistic that this might be their last round of talks for the year.
"The chances are good we'll reach agreement this evening," USEP negotiator Jim Ciadella told the Gradebook.
I anticipate settling this evening," district lead negotiator Kevin Shibley said separately. "We have a few formalities to wrap up. I do not believe there is anything controversial left on the agenda, so it should be fairly quick."
Issues still on tap include reconsideration of the performance pay structure for Pasco Virtual School teachers, and a final review of the logistics surrounding the end of the year given teachers have only one non-student planning day instead of two.
Once the sides settle, the contract heads to the members and the School Board for ratification. It might seem late in the year, but they didn't complete 2010-11 negotiations until May.