Pasco School Board candidate calls for unpaid holidays, tax for school sports
Pasco School Board candidate Anthony Terranova says one of the least painful ways for the Pasco school district to cut expenses is to furlough employees, rather than force them to pay more for benefits or take pay cuts.
Terranova, a fifth-grade teacher at Cotee River Elementary School who's running for the District 3 seat, suggests that full-time administrators should get three unpaid days, and full-time instructional staff should get two. School-related employees, who are paid less and often work for benefits, should have one day or less on furlough.
These unpaid days off should not be days when employees were scheduled to work, though, Terranova tells the Gradebook: "The instructional staff works 196 days. That includes six paid holidays. Take those as opposed to days I can be in the classroom, doing something constructive."
Terranova also floated a separate idea aimed at coping with the cost of school athletics, which runs Pasco about $2 million a year. He proposed asking lawmakers for permission to get voter approval to charge a special tax for sports. The revenue could then free up money in the general operating budget for other expenses.
"People in the community could determine if they're willing to spend the extra money," he said.
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