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Pasco district offers teachers salary shares, but different than USEP proposal

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August

Returning to contract talks late Wednesday, Pasco school district officials said they wanted to offer teachers fair and equitable raises with the money provided by the state. They came closer to what the teachers have been asking for.

The district's offer took a similar form as the United School Employees of Pasco's initial proposal — both included larger amounts for teachers who have worked in the system longer — but the administration's version wasn't exactly the same as the union's.

The USEP asked for the allocation to be divided into $401.16 "shares" and then distributed based on years of service, with teachers at the top getting one extra share. The top raise in the USEP version would be $2,808.12. $2,406.96

The district's counterproposal starts with every teacher getting a base raise of $580. Teachers then would get raises in $311 increments for each year they've been employed by the district, up to five years. There's no extra for the longest tenured faculty. The top in the district counter would be $2,135.

The district plan looks like this:

1.      $9,435,592 will be provided for instructional salary increases as follows:
        (a)    All teachers, regardless of the number of years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher, will receive a base increase of $580.00.
        (b)    Teachers with one (1) year of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of $311 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $891.
        (c)    Teachers with two (2) years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of $622 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $1202.
        (d)    Teachers with three (3) years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of $933 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $1513.
        (e)    Teachers with four (4) years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of $1244 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $1824.
        (f)    Teachers with five (5) or more years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of $1555 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $2135.

You can see here the full district proposal, which also includes language on benefits, fingerprinting fees and pay for an extra period of teaching. Here's the USEP proposal for comparison. A majority of teachers voicing their opinions to the School Board and superintendent have indicated their support for the "shares" concept. Now it's up to the sides to work out the details.

The district also made a counteroffer for SRP salaries. It would give all eligible school-related personnel step increases, improve supplements and change the pay grade for media/technology assistants, among other things. See the full district proposal here, and the USEP original request here.



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