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tampaTeachers may receive bonuses

Hillsborough County public school employees might not feel the full sting of a state directive to put 3 percent of their pay into their pension fund.

A tentative agreement between the district and its two unions would provide bonuses to make up for some of the hit.

Most teachers would receive $500 each in November and another $250 in the spring, superintendent MaryEllen Elia told the School Board on Tuesday. Support workers each would receive $400 in November.

New employees would not be eligible, said Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, a lawyer for the Classroom Teachers Association.

Employees would still need to ratify the contracts.

The Hillsborough district has fared better than many others in the bad economy. Cost-cutting spared the district the layoffs and furloughs seen in other school systems.


Lafave to seek early end to probation

Debra Lafave is headed back to court Thursday — this time to request an early end to her probation.

The former Greco Middle School teacher pleaded guilty in 2004 to having sex with a 14-year-old boy. She was sentenced to three years of house arrest and seven years of probation, but avoided prison time.

She recently became a mom, giving birth to twins.

Unless it is changed at the hearing, the probation is scheduled to end Nov. 21, 2015, according to the state Corrections Department.


Man wounded in police standoff

A 45-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound after barricading himself in a house, pointing a gun out the window and drawing police fire Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Greg Allen Hutchenson was taken to Tampa General Hospital with one gunshot wound.

Tampa police said they have not determined whether it was self-inflicted or caused by officers.

Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said the injuries were not considered life-threatening.


Cohen law firm loses 2 state specialists

Tampa lawyer Barry Cohen said Tuesday that the departure of two lawyers who handled most of his state court work will not adversely affect the firm.

One of Cohen's partners, Steve Romine, 43, who had worked at Cohen's firm for 12 years, and Rohom Khonsari, 34, an associate at the firm for four years, resigned effective Aug. 16.

Romine joined the Clearwater firm of Denis deVlaming, another high-profile lawyer, whom Romine said called him after learning about his resignation.

Khonsari is forming his own firm with a New York lawyer and building a new office in St. Petersburg.

"It's just a great opportunity," he said.

The three lawyers said the parting was friendly.

Cohen praised Romine and Khonsari and their contributions to his firm.

tampaTeachers may receive bonuses 09/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:11am]
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