Pasco school officials prepare for contract negotiations
Responding to a union request to open contract negotiations for 2014-15, the Pasco County School Board has scheduled a closed-door session Tuesday to start planning its proposals.
First order of business? The administration plans to "talk to to the board about what it looks like they have for raises," district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.
Until the current year, district employees went without raises for six years. Negotiating sessions found the United School Employees of Pasco asking for money and walking away empty handed, with reassurances that the district did the best it could. The administration and board placed layoff avoidance and fully paid insurance benefits at the top of its list.
The rebounding economy has given the district more flexibility, and the board and superintendent have made increasing pay a priority. Before they can head to the table, though, they have to work out the details. Watch for official offers to begin emerging soon.