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Pasco School Board approves new management position over union objections



United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb had issues with the School Board agenda item creating a new position called "compensation specialist." She noted that two "worker bee" jobs would  be eliminated to establish this new post.

"Everybody in this district is overworked, but it seems to many of us the only people who get relief are in the district office," Webb said.

Assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose justified the change to the board, saying the district is one of the few of its size not to have a certified specialist who can review employee pay rates for such things as contract negotiations and hiring new staff. "I will tell you it makes me very uncomfortable," DuBose said, noting that two assistants in the human relations department had handled the job but "no one owns it."

The board acknowledged the job is only going to get more complicated with merit pay coming. The members approved the new position - and the elimination of the two assistant jobs - unanimously despite Webb's objection. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:05pm]


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