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Pasco County School Board approves raises, sends deal to employees

The Pasco County school district and employees union last held formal bargaining sessions in late 2016.

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The Pasco County school district and employees union last held formal bargaining sessions in late 2016.

Without comment, the Pasco County School Board gave its unanimous approval Tuesday to an employee contract agreement for the school year that's about to end.

The board authorized a retroactive 3 percent raise for teachers and school-related personnel who have been with the district since the start of the school year. The board also agreed to increase the pay hikes of non-bargaining employees who received 2.65 percent in December.

The increase is higher than what the board originally offered, but "does not increase the dollar amount" being paid out, assistant superintendent Kevin Shibley said.

That's because the district saved money on salaries of staff who left after the budget year began.

The contract deal next goes to employees for a vote. United School Employees of Pasco president Kenny Blankenship said the goal was to have the ratification wrapped up by May 18.

"We are working with [employee relations director Kathy] Scalise ... and the courier department to get information out to the schools and get ballots returned to the USEP office by the 17th," Blankenship told the board. "We are going to need as much help from the district as we have asked from our building reps and members."

Representatives from the USEP and the district reached the agreement on April 26, five months after the USEP declared negotiations had reached a dead end. The sides made their cases to a special magistrate, but sought to avoid having the School Board impose a settlement.

Once approved, eligible employees would receive back pay from July 1.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:26am]

    

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