Cut supplements to protect jobs, Pasco board candidate Brazier suggests
As the Pasco School Board seeks areas to cut spending, District 5 candidate George Brazier recommends looking to the supplemental pay that employees get for such things as coaching sports and advising clubs.
"I hate to say it because I know it takes a lot of time," said Brazier, a special education teacher at Gulf High School who has coached in the past. "But we've got to do something. There are about $3 million in athletic and academic supplements. That could save a lot of jobs."
Brazier did not figure that reducing or eliminating the extra pay would be permanent. The board could reconsider the payments after the economy rebounds. So long as employee layoffs remain a possibility, though, this type of cut should be considered, he said.
"How do you say to somebody, 'We value high school sports over you keeping your living'?" he said.
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