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Give him another chance?



It’s not just tenured teachers who get multiple chances to correct “job deficiencies.” On Tuesday, the Pinellas School Board will consider the case of David Dees, the head plant operator at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, who has had seven write-ups in the past seven years, including four conference summaries, one directive memo, one caution and one reprimand.

Almost all of the write-ups were for “uncorrected job deficiencies,” according to the memo from Superintendent Julie Janssen in the board agenda packet (go to page 13). The memo doesn’t go into more detail on what those deficiencies are. But according to evaluations cited in the memo, Dees has been found lacking in initiative, judgment, punctuality and attitude.

Janssen initially recommended in July that Dees be suspended for three days without pay, because he had “failed to correct” his deficiencies. But after Dees requested an administrative hearing, he and a union representative (from SEIU-FPSU) met with district officials and hashed out a proposed settlement that says Dees commits to improving his performance.

If the board agrees to the settlement, Dees will waive his right to an administrative hearing and be suspended for one day without pay. It will cost him $155.44.

UPDATE: With no discussion, the board unanimously approved Janssen's recommendation for a one-day suspension.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:38am]


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