LAND O'LAKES — The United School Employees of Pasco membership has ratified its negotiated teacher and support personnel contracts for the current year by overwhelming margins.
The approval by 84 percent of teachers and 89 percent of school-related staff ends the possibility of furloughs for the year, although the employees do not get a raise for the sixth consecutive year.
"I believe that employees just were begrudgingly admitting that this is a terrible year, this is the best they can do and they just want to move on," USEP president Lynne Webb said. She called it "terribly disappointing" that the district had not been far-sighted enough to plan for "even a meager" raise, and offered guarded optimism that next year might be different.
District officials have signaled they want to offer raises for 2013-14, and hope to begin negotiations soon. The Pasco School Board still must agree to the 2012-13 deal.