LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County schoolteachers and support personnel have ratified their 2011-12 contracts just two weeks before the end of the contract year.
Turnout for the annual vote was low — just 65 percent of teachers and 54 percent of school-related personnel cast ballots. Of those, 85 percent of teachers and 94 percent of SRP's supported the deals, which did not include raises for the fourth straight year.
The agreement continued employees' paid health-care benefits, but also included furloughs and controversial new evaluation requirements.
"The results show acceptance of the settlement, but are not, by any means, an endorsement," United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb said in a written statement.
The School Board is scheduled to consider the contract on June 5.