Newly approved Pasco policy manual goes online tomorrow
Pasco School Board members spent nearly two hours Tuesday hashing over the final details of a two-year revamp of the district's policy manual. They aimed to reach consensus on every last item, particularly some of the concerns raised by teachers that some of the rules appeared to impose on their freedoms.
The board smoothed over some of the rough spots, winning kudos from teachers union president Lynne Webb. Still, Webb argued that some of the amendments didn't go far enough to protect employees from "quasi-discipline" if they do such things as air district-related complaints to board members in a social setting.
Vice chairwoman Joanne Hurley tried to get some of the language deleted, but the majority of the board chose instead to leave the wording intact, saying the "shoulds" within the policy make it clear that it's merely requesting that employees be circumspect in their conversations — not requiring it.
In the end, chairman Allen Altman said, "I am proud that after two years now and thousands of pages ... we have reached the point where probably 30 to 40 words separate us from 100 percent support. ... That's pretty dadgum good."
Assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose said the final version would be transmitted today to the company that is taking care of the manual for the district, and that the updated and approved manual should be online by Wednesday morning.