Pasco district staff begins looking to new leadership
As a general rule, when new school administrators go up for appointment at the Pasco School Board, the assistant superintendents introduce them, the candidates rise, smile and wave, and the vote takes place.
In a small but telling moment this week, assistant superintendent Tina Tiede diverted slightly from the usual pattern. She told the board that she was recommending Athena Binikos-Brom as a new assistant principal to Zephyrhills High.
Then Tiede added that she had the support of current superintendent Heather Fiorentino, and also that she had conferred with Kurt Browning prior to making the recommendation. Browning did defeat Fiorentino in the August Republican primary, and still faces write-in opposition in the November primary.
He has begun immersing himself in district details, meeting with staff members while also seeking advice from other districts he considers high performing. But even though his path to election appears clear, Browning remains hesitant in the way he presents himself, for fear of seeming too presumptuous.
It doesn't seem to be stopping current district leaders, who more than likely want to make sure Browning knows they're willing to work with him, from opening the doors to working with him now. The next superintendent is to be sworn in on Nov. 20.