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USEP not ready to accept Pasco school district's version of budget



As it works toward balancing its budget, the Pasco School Board has asked school district employees to make several concessions.

Most recently the district asked teachers to accept an unpaid holiday in place of an existing paid day off. (This proposal also has been referred to as a furlough, although many teachers call it a pay cut.) Also on the table are higher health insurance premiums and another year without contracted step increases.

An early retirement plan, still in the works, would also impact new employees by limiting their pay despite their years of service.

"USEP is not willing to agree to any of these proposals at this time, as there are still many unknown economic factors," president Lynne Webb wrote in an alert to members.

She said she's still waiting for more detailed financial information from the district, as well as specifics about the latest round of federal stimulus money for schools, before agreeing to anything. USEP and district leaders are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss Race to the Top -- another potential source of funds -- and whether there's a chance for Pasco to participate.

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Monday, August 30, 2010 11:15am]


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