Maybe they'll just wait for the 20-day count
Pasco County school officials planned to use their 10-day student counts to start reassigning teachers to the schools that have too many kids from those that didn't meet projections.
As they began comparing this year's numbers to last year's, though, they remembered one key factor. A year ago the school district's 10th day fell on the Friday before a three-day weekend, and the H1N1 flu scare was taking hold. So this year, the district had nearly 1,000 more students attending after two weeks than it did last year.
By contrast, the 62,989 students in school on the second Friday was actually 89 fewer than the number on the first Friday.
Superintendent Heather Fiorentino and her leadership team plan to begin work Tuesday on shifting staff. This is just one more variable to keep in mind as they work out their allocations and try to use 2009-10 as a guide for this year's preparations. So far, one thing looks pretty clear, though -- the district is not on track to gain several hundred students, as the state originally estimated.
Stay tuned to see how that plays out as the School Board moves to finish up its budget balancing efforts over the next two weeks.