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Teachers union, district to iron out dress code, other issues

By Cheri Harris

While the local teachers union and the Citrus County School Board have reached a salary agreement, a few items remain undecided.
Melissa Pfeiffer-Hermann, president of the Citrus County Education Association, said  the CCEA’s bargaining unit and the school district have tentatively agreed on language for a dress code.
Last month, CCEA representatives rejected a salary package because it came with an attached dress code they found unsatisfactory.
In the salary package recently approved by the local teachers union and the Citrus County School Board, most instructional personnel received a 1 percent salary increase, a 1 percent bonus and an additional $20 per month health insurance contribution in addition to their annual “step” increases.
The exception: instructional personnel whose annual step increases were more than $2,000. Those employees will not see the additional 1 percent increase and 1 percent bonus.
Jeff Davis, human resources director for the school district, said about 68 out of more than 2,400 teachers won’t receive the salary increase and bonus above their step raises.
“Everybody got their steps,” Davis said.
Pfeiffer-Hermann said unless the language of tentative dress code is reopened, it should go before CCEA members for approval next month.
She said she is “99 percent sure” the code will be approved.
“That’s our intention,” she said.
Other topics still under discussion between the CCEA and the district: a definition of “just cause” for termination and what exactly are acceptable duties for a teacher during a planning period. Hermann-Pfeiffer said teacher con­tracts include 2 1/2 hours each week for planning.

Chronicle reporter Cheri Harris can be reached at 564-2926 or e-mail charris@chronicleonline.com.