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Kurt Browning keeps working on getting to know Pasco schools



Kurt Browning won't say that he expects to be Pasco County schools superintendent. Not until he defeats write-in candidate Kathy Lambert in November, or she drops out (an unlikely occurrence).

That's not stopping Browning from acting more and more like the next superintendent, though.

This morning, Browning has meetings scheduled throughout the district administration, part of his own education listening tour to get more insights into district operations. He's set to confer with officials in the chief finance officer's office, as well as in the planning, maintenance and finance departments.

The goal, he's said, is to find ways to run things more efficiently at a time when resources come at a premium. The district has cut its spending over the past several years, with per-student funding down since 2007-08 even as student enrollment has remained relatively stable.

Last week, Browning met with School Board members to discuss his ideas and seek their buy-in. He has said he will reveal more of his thoughts publicly in the future, when they're more solid. In the meantime, there's some anxiety within the ranks as district-level employees are left to wonder what's in store for them amid the changing of the guard. Browning has said he's been looking at function, not individual personnel, but everyone understands that moves are likely to come.

Stay tuned. 

[Last modified: Monday, September 17, 2012 9:13am]


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