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Pasco district, teachers settle contract with first raises in six years

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Negotiators for the Pasco school district and the United School Employees of Pasco ended contract talks late Monday with an agreement that gives teachers and other district workers their first raises in six years.

The deal came after two months of bargaining, marking the earliest end to contract talks in several years. The consensus was reached after the administration and School Board agreed to support the USEP's proposal to split money budgeted for raises into "shares" that would be distributed based on length of service to the district.

Superintendent Kurt Browning had considered across-the-board raises, as proposed by Gov. Rick Scott, who pushed for teacher raises in this year's state spending plan. But Browning changed course as he heard from many teachers who overwhelmingly backed the USEP's recommended pay plan. The sides went back and forth on some of the details, arriving at this breakdown:

All teachers, regardless of the number of years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher, will receive a base increase of $580.00.
Teachers with one (1) year of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of one share, $310 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $890.
Teachers with two (2) years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of two shares, $620 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $1200.
Teachers with three (3) years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of three shares, $930 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $1510.
Teachers with four (4) years of continuous service as a Pasco teacher as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of four shares, $1240 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $1820.
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 five shares, $1550 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $2130.
Teachers with twenty-seven (27) years or more of credited teaching experience as of July 1, 2013, will receive an additional increase of six shares, $1860 beyond the base, bringing the total increase to $2440.

School-related personnel and administrators also will get raises under the agreement, which still requires ratification. See more details of the settlement here. See our story here.



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