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Losing jobs: Pasco schools begin paring back positions

Just last week, the Pasco School Board approved reducing the staff at every school by the equivalent of one instructional position.

Principals began making their cuts known today. There's no list out yet as to who exactly is losing which spot, but one should be available in the future as the board reviews how its budget cuts are implemented, district employee relations director Terry Rhum told the Gradebook.

In the shuffle, which is targeted to save $4.3 million a year, big schools might lose more than one person while small schools might lose a part-time post. But at the end of the effort, the total number should be equal to one per school.

This should not be confused with job losses that come as a result of shifting student populations. Some schools are losing positions as they lose students to new schools, for instance.

Those teachers also might fall under the district's involuntary transfer rules, but that has nothing to do with budgets. It's a transition that happens every year.

Rhum said the district will make every effort to find a job for each displaced current employee before advertising positions to the public. He said the goal is to have everyone placed before the end of the school year in early June.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:02am]


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