Pasco leaders still seeking money for employees
Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino is sending out strong signals that her district's 9,200 employees might see some extra money in their paychecks.
But they're still unlikely to get raises or step increases.
"We want to get something to employees, but where it's not recurring," Fiorentino told the Gradebook shortly after reviewing district finances with United School Employees of Pasco leaders. "We want to help improve things with nonrecurring money."
One key reason why the district is reluctant to offer annual raises is health insurance. The School Board has said it wants to keep offering fully paid benefits, but the cost is looking to rise about 20 percent. If the district uses the money for raises, Fiorentino said, it won't have enough to cover the insurance increase.
The USEP continues to press publicly for raises and steps. The entire matter remains open for negotiations, which resume later this week.