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Impasse declared between teacher's union, School District of Volusia County

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – After eight negotiation sessions, the School District of Volusia County is at an impasse with the Volusia Teacher's Organization over wages and benefits for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Teachers have been pushing for a two-year deal that includes addressing working conditions, planning time, resources and better pay amid reports that Volusia County teachers' pay lags behind neighboring districts.

The VTO proposed raises for teachers that values more than $22 million. The district proposed to absorb increased teacher health insurance, which amounts to an additional 1 percent average pay raise for district employees.

"The school district has worked in good faith to offer all it can to teachers this year. At the end of the day, we have to face financial reality," stated interim Superintendent James T. Russell. "We are committed to increasing teacher pay and have a track record of doing so over the last two years. That work will continue in future years."