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Pasco teachers union proposes plan for teaching six periods of six



In looking for ways to save some cash, Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino proposed requiring all secondary-level teachers should teach six periods of six. That idea didn't go over well, with School Board members directing Fiorentino to look elsewhere for cuts.

During negotiations Tuesday afternoon, the United School Employees of Pasco put forth an offer to seek volunteer middle and high school teachers to teach all six periods of the day. Those who teach an extra period of a course they already teach would get 15 percent of their salary. Those who have to prepare a new course would make 20 percent more.

"If they're willing voluntarily to work a sixth period, it is something we believe has merit," USEP negotiator Jim Ciadella told the Gradebook. "It's an opportunity to save some money and to put some money into teachers' pockets."

Kevin Shibley, the district's director of employee relations, said he had some concerns about the USEP's language and would likely make a counter proposal. But he welcomed the conversation.

"I'm encouraged by the fact that we're having the dialogue," Shibley said. "It's a chance to save money and compensate teachers for their time."

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 6:00pm]


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