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One more administrative job for Pasco County schools



Buried in the consent agenda of Tuesday's Pasco School Board meeting was a proposal to create a new district level position with the clunky title of "position control/compensation specialist." That person would keep track of the ebb and flow of district employees through transfers, freezes, additions and reductions in force.

Board members weren't too thrilled.

The new job might be necessary, particularly as the district works to move employees around to comply with class size rules, they said. But the timing couldn't be worse, vice chairwoman Joanne Hurley said: "We should have vetted this during the budget process."

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino apologized for not bringing the idea up, saying that she attempted to find ways to get the work done without adding another person to the payroll. The reality is that her 88-person district staff can't divide its time any more to work its way through all the mandates coming from on high, such as class size and differentiated accountability, she said.

"People are so overworked they are getting burned out," Fiorentino told the board. "We can't streamline any more at the district."

She did assure the board that the position will be paid for by cuts elsewhere in the budget, just not with the removal of another district-level job. The board unanimously, though reluctantly, approved the job. "We need this position," board member Kathryn Starkey said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 4:23pm]


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