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Pasco superintendent Browning rolls out more administrative plans



The Pasco County school district's new-look administration continues to take shape, as recently installed superintendent Kurt Browning puts his touch on operations.

Four K-12 executive directors representing sectors of the county -- east, central, southwest and northwest -- will report to the assistant superintendent for student achievement. They will replace the old structure of an assistant superintendent and executive director for elementary and secondary education. Each region will include full feeder patterns.

"We are going to go to the feeder pattern model that was recommended by FADSS," Browning said, noting that many of Florida's top performing districts also use that organizational system. "We aren't just concerned with a child pre-K through fifth grade, and then just hand them off to someone else."

Browning acknowledged that the some middle schools feed into more than one high school, but said his plan does not call for any attendance zone modifications.

Also reporting to the assistant superintendent for student achievement will be the directors of various related departments, such as curriculum and exceptional student education. Some departments might be reorganized in later moves.

The chief finance officer and two executive directors, one for administration and another for support services, will report to the assistant superintendent for operations.  Browning said he was not concerned about having the district's top budget official without a direct line to his office, saying, "We're going to have our time together. I'll make sure I get the information I need from Olga." He referred to Olga Swinson, the current CFO.

His mention of Swinson was the only name he dropped when discussing the positions with the Gradebook. He said appointments for the two assistant superintendent jobs and the new director of professional development will come in time for the Dec. 4 board meeting. The names being promulgated most commonly are Ray Gadd for operations, Amelia Van Name Larson for student achievement, and Chris Christoff for professional development.

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:03am]


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