Union differs on furlough plan with district
Noting the school district faces a fourth year of "severe financial crisis," the United School Employees of Pasco proposed keeping salaries the same as last year and maintaining the status quo on district-paid health insurance for all employees. But the union proposal offered late Wednesday during contract negotiations included a sharp departure on furlough days. The district has proposed four days of mandatory unpaid leave for 12-month workers and three days for all others. The union countered with one furlough day, and said it should be a class day, not a paid holiday. "It's time to stop sheltering our community from our schools' financial crisis," USEP president Lynne Webb said. District employee relations director Kevin Shibley called the USEP offer "a good starting place." The sides are tentatively scheduled to meet again next week.
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Missing woman found in Pinellas
After a two-day search, authorities found a 58-year-old woman who disappeared earlier this week from the Gulf Haven assisted living facility. Pasco deputies say Gloria "Regina" Franzese walked away from the facility Tuesday without her medications, which could allow her to become delusional. She turned up Thursday at an assisted living facility in St. Petersburg, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. She appeared to be okay and will return to the Pasco facility.
Children's Chorale opens auditions
The Nature Coast Children's Chorale is gearing up for its fourth year and is holding auditions for children interested in joining the Pasco/Hernando choir. The chorale is open to children in grades 4-12 and meets Thursday nights at Powell Middle School in Brooksville. The chorale has performed the last two years at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. To schedule an audition time, call (352) 403-8437 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social workers' group to meet
The Nature Coast Unit of the National Association of Social Workers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Boat House Restaurant, 1935 U.S. 19 in Crystal River. The Nature Coast Unit consists of more than 160 professional social workers in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. The association promotes, develops and protects the practice of social workers and helps social workers advocate for their clients. To RSVP, e-mail Wendy Hall at email@example.com or call Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute at (352) 527-0106.