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One in six teachers request to leave Connerton Elementary

Late last week, the Pasco school district gave teachers at Connerton Elementary the option to transfer out if they want. The district would make the moves easy, eliminating interviews and putting the teachers at the top of the list for jobs they're qualified to perform.

The deadline was Tuesday. As of 5 p.m., 11 of the school's 67 teachers filed to take advantage.

Two of those did not seek to leave because of concerns about the school's leadership, district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli told the Gradebook. They landed at Connerton because of involuntary transfers last year, she said, and they wanted to move to sites closer to home.

The other requests came for a variety of reasons, some of which Romagnoli said were connected to the school's recent controversies.

Some current and former staff members lately have complained about the leadership of Connerton principal Anna Falcone. After visiting the campus to investigate, superintendent Heather Fiorentino decided to transfer the school's assistant principal out and bring in a new one to help create an improved school climate. A handful of Falcone's critics returned to the School Board on Tuesday morning to renew their complaints that the school needs entirely new management, and not just a new assistant principal.

The district employee relations office plans to work on getting the 11 teachers transferred beginning on Thursday. The district is closed Wednesday for the Independence Day holiday.

[Note: This post has been revised to reflect added information provided by teachers involved in the situation.]

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:11pm]


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