Non-union Hernando school employees get raises
BROOKSVILLE — With a slightly more robust budget than projected, Hernando County School Board members voted 5-0 to approve nearly $200,000 in raises for the 268 district employees not represented by unions.
The Tuesday night vote brings the employees, ranging from cafeteria workers to high-level district staffers, in line this year with the increases built into contracts with union employees. The raises — averaging several hundred dollars a year for each employee — are retroactive to July 2, which is the beginning of the 2012-2013 contract period.
“I think that’s a very courageous situation,” superintendent Bryan Blavatt said after three separate votes to approve the increases. “I think it’s a real tribute to the board that you guys recognize that we’re cutting it close and that we have the ability.”
The final 2012-13 budget, approved Tuesday, includes roughly $5.5 million in reserves, about 3.82 percent of the general fund revenues. The pay increases were already factored into the budget.
The move comes after board members in January voted not to give non-union members a step increase. Union members in the county either got a half-step or a full-step last school year.
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