How many teachers will Pasco schools need?
Pasco County school district leaders have made no secret of the district's financial struggles and the likelihood that layoffs will play a part of an effort to trim spending by around $60 million for FY2012.
Yet when the School Board considers teacher allocations on Tuesday, it will consider adoption of the rosiest possible picture. The administration has proposed an allocation formula (see below) that officials call the "best case scenario," as if full funding is coming for class size reduction and the Legislature has no plan to slash state per-student funding in the neighborhood of 7 percent.
No one sees anything especially misleading about this picture. They simply want to prepare for the best, and then deal with the worst that may arise.
So when Pasco teachers get their contract renewals at the end of April, they'll likely also see a note that says they're safe for now. Just watch for layoffs to come, depending on financial circumstances. And oh, by the way, the district finance office has already made presentations suggesting that 600 positions or more are on the line if current projections hold.