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Pasco schools contract talks turn to pay, benefits

Union, district officials have yet to arrive at an agreement.

With most other issues settled, Pasco County school district employee contract negotiations turned this week to pay and benefits.

Superintendent Kurt Browning recently announced the district 2017-18 budget included about $3.3 million for salary enhancements. On Monday, the United School Employees of Pasco made its request for how to spread some of that money to its non-instructional members, such as bus drivers.

During a brief bargaining session, the USEP presented its proposal to put $1.9 million toward raises of 2.75 percent for all eligible school-related personnel. It also asks for $142 per employee to cover increasing health insurance costs.

District negotiators plan to bring a response and counter-proposal to talks tentatively scheduled for next week.

Talks over teacher contracts are set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The USEP is expected to make its economic proposal.