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Pasco district forges ahead with department mergers



With his upper level management essentially complete, Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning is turning his attention to streamlining departments within his administration. One of his first set of targets also is among the biggest: A merger of student services and exceptional education services.

Browning has often said that he and his team will evaluate the ways in which the two departments might work better as one, because they deal with similar issues including discipline and student supports. But he also has said that if the fit doesn't work, the district will back off.

In the meantime, though, the administration is moving ahead with the plan. It is asking the School Board on Tuesday to eliminate the director jobs for the two departments, and in their place authorize a new job overseeing the Office for Student Support Programs and Services. No one is recommended yet to fill that slot.

Assistant superintendent Amelia Larson also met with district staff on Tuesday to present the concept. With a series of slides (highlights attached below), she showed how different areas would line up in the new department, and how some would be moved to other areas. The main idea, Larson said, is to align services for smoother delivery.

The change will take place in some fashion, she told the Gradebook, although not all the details are finally worked out. Officials intend to have the new organization ready for the next budget year.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:21pm]


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