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Browning's plans for district hinge on election investigation report



Folks in the Pasco school district have waited for what seems to be an achingly long time to hear Kurt Browning's plans for reorganizing the administration. He won the primary election nearly three months ago, and initially had said he would reveal his strategy some time in October.

The wait will go one a little longer, though. 

Browning, who is expected to sail into office with just write-in opposition on Tuesday's ballot, told the Gradebook that he is now holding off until he gets the report on whether any high level officials tried to coerce their employees into supporting Heather Fiorentino.

"I am going to wait for the Gonzalez report to be issued before I finalize things," Browning said in a text message. "I am hopeful that the report will be presented to the School Board soon."

The board hired Tampa lawyer Tom Gonzalez to review accusations that some leaders in the district office used intimidation tactics to get their direct reports to help Fiorentino's reelection bid. His findings have been expected for several days, but so far no one has seen them. The outcome apparently could affect Browning's decisions as he heads to his expected swearing in on Nov. 20. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 12:11pm]


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