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Pasco teachers grievance delayed

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:43pm

After superintendent Kurt Browning denied their complaint over teacher planning time, the United School Employees of Pasco appeared certain to appeal the issue to the School Board.

Instead of immediately seeking a hearing, though, the union sought to resolve its concerns with the superintendent who had just rejected its grievance.

School Board attorney Dennis Alfonso told the board this week that he expected to know whether the problems have been settled by mid-October. If not, he said, the board should expect to spend a few hours in November hearing presentations over whether principals misused teacher individual planning time for training and professional development.

Some board members started to discuss the issue briefly, but colleague Cynthia Armstrong urged them to wait and see if the conversation is even necessary.

"I am keeping my fingers crossed that we might not have to," she said.

This is the second USEP class-action grievance regarding planning time and workload in the past three years. Both Browning and his predecessor, Heather Fiorentino, denied the union's claims.