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Nearly 500 Pasco teachers face involuntary transfers

Hundreds of Pasco County teachers and other district employees lost their jobs in the latest round of budget cutting. The School Board eliminated 513 positions in all.

Part of the fallout is a mass of involuntary transfers for teachers who can keep their jobs, but not at the schools where they've been working. Some of them have decades of experience, but must move because of a complicated mix of seniority, certification and contract rules.

In all, 466 teachers are on their way to someplace new in the fall. Among them are 36 educators who initially faced layoffs but were recalled as positions opened through retirements and resignations.

Gulf High School is losing the most teachers -- 14 -- with Cox Elementary and San Antonio Elementary (13 each), and Deer Park Elementary, Shady Hills Elementary and Longleaf Elementary (12 each) close behind. Most affected positions are teachers of students with varying exceptionalities (61), music and physical education teachers (55 each), art teachers (51), and media specialists (42).

The numbers are likely to continue to change over the summer. To see the current list provided by the school district, click on the attachment below.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:19pm]


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