Back to school for Pasco County teachers, more still needed
Nearly 5,100 Pasco County teachers headed back to school Monday to begin preparing their classrooms and lessons, while also getting training on anything new their principals want them to know.
The group includes 203 new hires who got jobs with the district since June 1. And principals are still looking for more to join the ranks.
With students returning in just a week, the district still has 511.664 full and part-time teaching vacancies -- some as small as a 0.06 position -- that it needs to fill. Two schools with the biggest need, according to district records, are Sunlake and River Ridge high schools, which each list more than 20 open slots.
The district has cut some jobs this year because of continued revenue reductions. But it is working hard to make sure that all its classrooms are filled this year in order to ensure it meets state class size requirements. Last year, Pasco failed to meet the 2002 mandate, prompting the state to impose a $4 million fine. That penalty would be reduced by 75 percent if the district meets the mark this fall.