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Pasco district releases more details on Bailey-Cutkomp's reinstatement

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August

The Pasco County teacher who nearly lost her job over having her students wear a "cone of shame" dog collar in class has been warned than any similar incidents will be cause for immediate dismissal.

Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp, who won a reprieve from her proposed firing, started work as a science teacher at Pasco Middle School on Monday. In an agreement released Monday that she signed in late July, Bailey-Cutkomp was put on a relatively short leash for her continued employment.

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino stated in that letter (attached below) that her suspension without pay would last from May 2 through June 7, without any chance for reimbursement. She must refrain from any conduct similar to that which led to the suspension. Any confirmation of any similar incident will be punishable by firing. And Bailey-Cutkomp may not ever work again at Zephyrhills High, where the collar indicent occurred.

The School Board had been set to hear the teacher's appeal of Fiorentino's recommendation to fire her back on July 23. That hearing was canceled as lawyers for both sides were near this agreement, which allowed Bailey-Cutkomp to keep her job. Fiorentino recently told the Gradebook that she agreed to the deal on lawyer's advice.

[Last modified: Monday, August 13, 2012 3:30pm]

    

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