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Pasco teachers, support staff reach tentative contract deal



Representatives from the Pasco School Board and the United School Employees of Pasco concluded their 2012-13 contract talks Wednesday night, with the USEP accepting the financial terms proposed by the district.

The deal eliminates all furlough days for employees, but does not include raises for the sixth straight year. Employee relations director Kevin Shibley explained in an e-mail to staff that the district is "financially unable to provide additional increases."

The agreement next will be presented to employees and School Board members, with ratification votes to follow. Once complete, both sides have indicated they might quickly begin negotiating for the 2013-14 contract.

Superintendent Kurt Browning has said he wants to have that contract completed before the end of this school year.

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