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School Board approves union contracts

The Hernando County School Board unanimously approved 1994-95 contracts with teachers and non-instructional workers at the board's meeting Tuesday night. Teachers will receive $1.2-million more than they received last year in salary _ a 5 percent increase _ in order to create a pay schedule aimed at making the district's salary schedule more equitable for the county's 850 teachers. Meanwhile, each of the district's 450 non-instructional employees will get a raise of 38 cents an hour. Memberships of both unions will vote on ratification of their contracts in the coming weeks.

Extension urged for superintendent

Superintendent Harold Winkler received a morale boost at Tuesday night's meeting. Four supporters encouraged the School Board to give Winkler the contract extension that he recently requested. A parent, district administrator and representatives of the teachers union and non-instructional union praised Winkler's management skills and spoke of his rapport with the community. Winkler, who is the district's first appointed superintendent, wants another three-year contract. His current contract expires in November 1995. Board members want to leave the decision to the new board that will be on the dais after the Nov. 8 election. Meanwhile, Winkler's evaluation is scheduled for Nov. 7.

Four pupils sent to alternative school

Four Parrott Middle School pupils who were recommended for expulsion for discipline problems will spend the remainder of the school year in the district's alternative education program. The School Board voted to send the pupils to Project Rebound, which is housed in Springstead High School's ninth-grade center. The incidents involving the pupils happened in a two-week period beginning Sept. 30, when a seventh-grader hit a teacher and another student, according to school records. The following week, an eighth-grader brought a knife to campus. On Oct. 10, a sixth-grader assaulted a teacher, and a seventh-grader threatened a teacher and used profanity, records show. If the students get into any more trouble during the year, they will be expelled, school officials said.