Pasco announces budget committee to examine future cuts
Pasco schools' financial future doesn't look pretty. After hearing the latest deficit numbers from Tallahassee this week, district budget planners now expect to have to cut yet another $9.2 million from the spending plan this year, and then $35 million more next year.
"Next year is when everyone is going to feel it," superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the Gradebook.
Many of the budget cutting ideas floating around (such as charging more for benefits) would require a negotiated deal with employees. So the administration and the United School Employees of Pasco have put together a committee to discuss the options they might present to the School Board.
Plans to survey all employees and seek input from the general public also are in the works.
Invitations to participate on the employee committee went out today. To see who's on the list, read on.
The Pasco District Budget Committee members are:
Gary Allen, Teacher/Coach, River Ridge High School
Elizabeth Schaefermeyer, Sign Language Interpreter, Land O’ Lakes High School
Robert Moore, Staff, USEP
Frank Roder, Staff, USEP
Sharon Pelchat, Teacher, Richey Elementary School
Glennda McCallister, Teacher on Assignment, ESE
Sue Beane, Teacher, Cypress Elementary School
Lesley Wade, Teacher, Wiregrass Ranch High School
Darlene Hamm, FNS Manager, Fox Hollow Elementary School
Jennifer Yerke, Teacher, Wesley Chapel Elementary
Grant Young, Teacher, Pasco High School
Edna Copeland, Bus Driver, Transportation
Ray Bonti, Principal, Wiregrass Ranch High School
Mark Fox, Crew Chief, Maintenance Department
John Keon, Teacher, Hudson Middle School
Cathi Jarvi, Teacher, Centennial Middle School
Chris Altenes, SRP, Curriculum & Instruction
Helena Fletcher, SRP, Cypress Elementary School