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Pasco looks national for advice on reorganization

Prompted in part by a critical FADSS report, Pasco County schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino is talking about finding ways to reorganize district operations to more effectively serve schools and students.

She told the School Board on Tuesday that she has reached out to Jerry Weast, a retired superintendent of Maryland's largest school district (Montgomery County), to see if he might be willing to advise the process.

"That is something we are looking at," Fiorentino said. "He has interviewed us, and we have interviewed him."

The decision ultimately belongs to Weast, a well respected school leader who generated strong results for his district during his 12-year tenure. If he chooses to work with Pasco, Fiorentino said, it would be without charge.

"I think it would help Pasco as we continue to grow," Fiorentino said.

Weast announced his consulting service shortly after his 2011 retirement, reports. Weast has looked to business practices in the past, including Disney, for inspiration on how to run the district well, the Washington Post reports.

Fiorentino, who faces a tough reelection battle, said she hopes to work with consultants and the business community to transform the district. "The district is here to serve the schools so the schools can serve the families," she said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 11:32am]


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