Final Pasco teacher contract still in the works

Work is ongoing to refine the language in the new contract between the Pasco School District and its teachers.

Some issues with wording in a district-drafted version of the contract were resolved during a Thursday meeting, said Greg Olson, president of the Pasco Association of Educators.

But bargaining teams for the district and the union were expected to meet again Friday afternoon and possibly beyond but said he’s confident the contract will be finalized.

“It’s a big document, you just want to make sure it’s done the right way,” Olson said.

Teachers voted to approve the new contract on Sept. 14, ending a strike that started Sept. 1 and delayed the start of school by nine days. The Pasco School Board was scheduled to approve the contract Sept. 22 but delayed the vote after district administrators said a final draft wasn’t ready.