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Hillsborough teachers, support staff could get raises

TAMPA — Many Hillsborough County teachers and support staff could soon see bigger paychecks.

After months of negotiations, bargaining teams for the school district, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association and the Hillsborough School Employees Federation have reached a tentative agreement that would bump up employees represented by the unions two steps on the salary scale.

That equals a raise of about 4 percent, according to HCTA Executive Director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins.

The agreement still must be approved by union members and the school board. The raises would be retroactive to July 1.

The raises will include teachers and support employees, including bus drivers, maintenance workers and those who work in student nutrition services.

Last year, teachers represented by the teachers union received an increase of one level on their salary schedule, in addition to a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase.

Support staff received an increase of two levels. They did not get a boost in salary for cost of living.

In 2011-12, neither group got a raise. Rather, the district provided a lump-sum payment to employees to offset the state requirement that public employees pay 3 percent of their salary into their retirement funds.

The school district is the largest employer in Hillsborough County with more than $983 million budgeted for salaries.

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