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Pasco teachers could see higher pay in February

The School Board, teachers union plan ratification votes by the end of January.
Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019.
Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. [ JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK | Times Staff Writer ]
Published Jan. 8, 2020

Pasco County’s nearly 5,000 teachers could see raises in their paychecks beginning Feb. 21, if they approve a contract deal reached with the district just before winter break.

The School Board is set to hold its ratification vote on Tuesday. So far, board members have signaled strong support for the plan, which includes 3.25 percent pay hikes and continued full-paid health benefits.

The package includes an added $7.5 million for pay, plus another $530,537 to cover increases in pension contributions.

Teachers will get their chance to show their support or opposition to the agreement on Jan. 29.

They got a lot of what they asked for — including the removal of a controversial plan that would have required middle and high school teachers to instruct an extra period each day — but not everything. The negotiators made some concessions as they worked to complete bargaining before taking vacation.

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They settled a month after the school-related personnel unit, which reached a similar outcome on money. The SRP approved its agreement with 98 percent support.