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Pasco district-level cuts coming, officials say

As they reviewed staffing levels for 2012-13, Pasco County School Board members made clear their dissatisfaction with proposals that focused primarily on cutting school employees without much attention to administrative personnel.

The allocation reports they approved after some hesistation listed just eight district-level jobs slated for reduction -- four couriers, one prevention/intervention counselor, a human resources assistant and two materials handlers. 

"That's what we were told were the district cuts," board member Steve Luikart told the Gradebook. He said he didn't consider those administrative in the least, and that not all the job eliminations should come at the expense of the schools -- a sentiment shared by others on the board.

Not to worry. District spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said the plan was to focus on alerting employees whose contracts ended Wednesday whether they had jobs, and what those might be, before they left work for the summer.

"Now we're focusing on the administration," Romagnoli said, adding that cuts are in the works but have not yet been defined. They are likely to come to the School Board at its next meeting June 19. 

[Last modified: Thursday, June 7, 2012 11:52am]


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