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Pasco school district, teachers reach contract agreement

LAND O’ LAKES — Teachers and other Pasco County school district employees would receive their first pay raises in six years under tentative contract agreements for the 2013-14 school year.

The agreement, reached Monday night in negotiations between the district and United School Employees of Pasco, calls for the starting salary for a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree to increase to $37,000 annually, up from $36,400.

Also, all teachers would receive across-the-board raises of $580 a year. In addition, veteran teachers would receive “loyalty shares” worth $310 for each year they worked through the recent economic downturn, up to five years. The total raise for a teacher employed for one year would be $890 and for five years would be $2,130.

The district’s longest serving teachers — those with 27 or more years of experience — would receive an additional share, bringing their raises to $2,440.

Other school employees, such as custodians, bus drivers and cafeteria workers, would see step increases on their pay schedule, but amounts aren’t yet available because those pay schedules are still being finalized, the district reported.

The district also reported it set aside funds to provide raises to administrators and other employees who are not represented by the union.

The proposed contracts still must be ratified by employees and approved by the school board.

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