Last night, the district and United School Employees of Pasco reached tentative agreement for the 2017-2018 Instructional and SRP Contracts.
The negotiated settlement for instructional employees includes $2,202,425 in salary increases and bonuses. As in the past, a portion of these funds will go to the pay for performance plan required by law. The remaining amount will fund a flat cost of living increase to eligible teachers and provide a non-recurring match of State funds for eligible non-classroom instructional employees who were otherwise excluded from the state’s Best and Brightest evaluation-based bonus program. The district will continue to provide $250,000 for non-recurring one-time supplements to teachers who meet the criteria for differentiated pay categories – teachers who teach in district-defined critical shortage areas and teachers who teach in Title One-eligible and/or Triple D/F schools.
In addition to these amounts, the settlement includes an estimated $700,000 increase in Board contributions to the insurance program for instructional employees, bringing the Board’s contribution towards employee health insurance to $6,785 per employee per year. The Board is also increasing its contributions towards instructional employees’ FRS retirement plans by approximately $750,000 per year. Finally, in addition to all of these amounts, the district anticipates receiving approximately $5,000,000 in nonrecurring funds from the state early next spring in order to provide bonuses of up to $1,200 to the majority of our teachers based on the criteria outlined in the state’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program. This brings the total amount of new money expected to be expended on instructional staff members to over $8,500,000 for the 2017/2018 school year.
We also negotiated $1,931,280 in salary increases for the School Related Personnel (SRP). This amount includes an across-the-board increase for all SRP, in addition to some job-specific increases for identified positions in need of additional adjustments based on recent compensation studies. A new salary structure consisting of salary ranges was also negotiated, and this new salary structure will allow SRP to receive the full benefit of future across-the-board salary increases by allowing the district to more easily apply the percentage increase negotiated to each SRP’s individual salary.
In addition to these amounts, the settlement also includes an estimated $350,000 increase in Board contributions to the insurance program for SRP employees, bringing the Board’s contribution toward employee health insurance to $6,785 per employee per year. The Board is also increasing its contributions toward SRP’s FRS retirement plans by approximately $250,000 per year. This brings the total amount of new money expected to be expended on SRP staff members to over $2,500,000 for the 2017/2018 school year.
A proportional amount will also be set aside for administrative and non-bargaining employees, and additional information about the salary increases for all employees will be provided in the coming weeks.
Both agreements also include language to allow for the processing of pay increases in anticipation of ratification, and more information about when applicable salary increases and retro-active payments will be provided in the near future.
We are pleased to have finished the negotiations process prior to the Winter Break. USEP will notify employees of the start of ratification process in the near future. To view negotiations documents, visit the Employee Relations website, http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/er/contracts/.
Many Pasco School employees are providing care for their parents or other aging adults. Combined with work and family life, this can be quite stressful. Click here for some tips that may simplify caregiving. Also, consider using the support of your Employee Assistance Program. Click here for more information.
Starting with the 2017 tax year, employees will be able to receive their annual tax documents (Form W-2 and Form 1095-C) electronically through Employee Self Service (ESS). Electronic delivery is the quickest way to receive your tax documents. Employees may elect electronic delivery of these documents by changing their preferences in ESS. The District will accept opting-in for electronic delivery through December 31. The system will then be frozen for electing electronic delivery changes during the month of January, and will then be reopened by the end of February for changes to that calendar year.
Click here for directions on how to enroll in electronic delivery of your tax documentation.
The Pasco Education Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017-2018 Scholarship Opportunities for Graduating Seniors (SOGS) program will be available online at PascoEducationFoundation.org from December 1, 2017, through January 31, 2018.
The Hurricane Irma Shelter Operations Appreciation Festival committee is looking for facepainters, clowns, or any entertainers that would like to volunteer their services for the festival. The festival is on January 20, from noon to 4 p.m. If you know anyone who would like to participate or volunteer, please contact Debbie Hebert.
The December 2017 GrantsWatch document lists various grant opportunities for Pasco educators. Read it online via Sharepoint.
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Florida is seeing an increase in influenza cases and Pasco County is one of 18 in the state that has had an outbreak. The Florida Department of Health suggests that current data indicates this flu season may be more severe than past years. The best way to prevent the flu is to get an influenza vaccine, which you can get at one of our CareHere wellness centers. If you have a fever, muscle aches, chills, a headache, cough, congestion, or sore throat, you might have the flu. Stay home, and keep your children home if they have those symptoms. We want everyone to be well for the holidays.
KidCitizen was developed by USF faculty, introducing young learners across the country to government and civics concepts. KidCitizen is a series of interactive online episodes aimed at exposing elementary-age learners to civics and government concepts through the investigation of historical photographs from the Library of Congress. The idea is to use these primary sources of the past to spur a child’s interest in these topics. This is an innovative educational program that is interactive and gets kids thinking about being an historian.
Take Stock in Children, a Pasco Education Foundation program, offers Pasco County students scholarships, mentors and hope. Break the cycle of poverty through education by becoming a Take Stock in Children mentor. Mentors meet at the student’s school two to four times each month. For more information, click here.
The Office for Professional Development and School Supports will host Year 1 and Year 2 Professional Development Courses for new teachers. Click here for information on the 2-year support program and click here for the year 1 professional development courses.
The Office for Professional Development and School Supports is hosting training sessions throughout December. To view the calendar, click here.
Join Florida Southern College throughout the fall and winter at one of their information sessions! Attendees will learn about bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs in education. Click here for more information. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.
The Sino-American Bridge for Education and Health (SABEH) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced educators to participate in a professional development opportunity. Selected educators will participate in several online workshops hosted by Bryant University between March and June. They will travel to China in July for two to four weeks (depending on program site) and share conversational English, student-centric, and multi-modal education methods with Chinese teachers. Upon completion, American teachers will be provided a week of complimentary travel within China. Ideal candidates are teachers who have an adventurous spirit and the desire to experience a different culture. Teachers of all subject areas and grade levels are encouraged to apply. Jennifer Dixon, a Gulf High School teacher, has traveled to China each summer since 2013. Cory Engel, a Pasco High School teacher, participated in SABEH’s program in summer 2017. Applications are due by December 31, 2017. Visit www.sabeh.org for more information.
Jordan Gomez, Achieve Center of Pasco
Achieve Center of Pasco has selected Jordan as the Student of the Week because he has made remarkable behavior and academic progress. He is independent and focused. Jordan leads the campus on their level system, and takes great responsibility with the classroom fish and their habitat.
Local officials and Farm Share will host a holiday food giveaway from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, December 15. Click here to learn more.
The District School Board of Pasco County, Superintendent Kurt Browning, and the entire Pasco County community are thankful for everyone who staffed and supported shelters before and during Hurricane Irma. To show our appreciation, we have planned a day of free family fun, including food, games, music, contests and raffles, for the 1,800 employees who served.
When: Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018
Where: Land O’ Lakes Community Center Heritage Stage, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes
Linda Cobbe, Congratulations to the winning principals Kim Davis, Jason Joens and Judy Cosh. About 85,000 or so watched during holiday-like weather. A big thanks to Mrs. Kuhns and the entire staff at Gulf Middle School for the sensational job helping clean up New Port Richey after the parade. In total, they collected 3.8 tons of garbage. WOW! Also, a big thanks to the Gulf High staff in helping with the set up of the parade. The people in west Pasco are more in the holiday spirit today because of all the hard work by all these leaders. Thanks again! - Greg Armstrong, Coldwell Banker
Lt. Fergueson, On behalf of our students at Anclote High School, I wanted to thank you, Sheriff Nocco, and the other Pasco Sheriff’s Office staff who participated in the discussion session with our seniors today. Our students were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet with Sheriff Nocco and his staff to engage in dialogue around current topics, relevant to today’s youth. - Michelle Williams, Principal, Anclote High School
Congratuations to Cpl. Cottrell of Dr. John Long Middle School for winning Sheriff Nocco's annual food drive. Cpl. Cottrell collected 1,879 food items and $1,500.