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Pasco School Board still waits for administrative streamlining proposals



Pasco School Board members have made it perfectly clear that they expect superintendent Heather Fiorentino and her team to offer many more administrative cuts than a handful of couriers and secretaries as the district slashes spending by nearly $25 million.

They plan to act on Tuesday, the final board meeting before the new fiscal year begins. Yet the details of the superintendent's proposal are lacking in the board's posted agenda. In fact, Fiorentino's cabinet met for hours on Wednesday to discuss potential job reductions and could not reach a consensus, forcing the group to meet again Thursday under the superintendent's instructions to arrive at some conclusions.

Meanwhile, Fiorentino is attending the annual joint meeting of the state's associations of superintendents and school boards in Tampa.


Anticipation is high. Gulf High School announced on Twitter the name of the person rumored to become its next assistant principal to oversee its International Baccalaureate program. But the district quickly tamped down that report as speculative, saying all administrative jobs remain in flux during the superintendent's cabinet review.

Assistant principal positions at the district's middle and high schools are one area that has come under scrutiny among members of the public, who have long criticized the fact that some of the secondary schools have kept high numbers of AP's even as their enrollments have shrunk. Some of those jobs could be reassigned or eliminated in the process.

Positions such as human relations director and leadership development director, now vacant, could be cut or consolidated into other departments.

Board members, who complained they felt backed into a corner when handed teacher allocations during the first week of June -- just days before contracts ended and employees might have been able to seek unemployment without their action -- very well could raise similar arguments against the administration's late delivery of district-level appointments.

Chairwoman Joanne Hurley told the Gradebook she's expecting a set of recommendations before the meeting, perhaps as early as Friday.

"They've got to let people know in a timely manner how to to plan for the future," she said. "They know there's a deadline they have to meet to be fair to our employees."

[Last modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:08pm]


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