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.