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Contract ratification on tap for Pasco teachers, school-related personnel



Representatives for the Pasco County school district, and the teachers and school-related employees, agreed in late August to contract terms that would provide the district's first raises in six years.

Now it's everyone else's turn.

All district teachers and SRP's -- including those who are not members of the United School Employees of Pasco -- will vote on Thursday whether to ratify the deals, which are funded partially by state money and partially from district accounts. The Legislature approved about $11.9 million for raises for Pasco teachers, and the board put in about $3.5 million from operating expenses to cover the workers not included in the state allocation.

After some back and forth over the form of the raises, with the sides eventually settling on shares based on years of service, the negotiators ended talks after two months. That's much shorter than in past years, when money was tighter.

USEP officials plan to count their member votes on Monday. The School Board would act next, with its ratification vote set for Tuesday evening. The board also intends to approve similar raises for non-bargaining employees, including administrators.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:34am]


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