Pasco superintendent-elect proposes district reorganization at the top
The Pasco County school district would have two assistant superintendents rather than the current five under proposals made by superintendent-elect Kurt Browning.
Browning told the Gradebook that he will ask the School Board on Nov. 20 to reclassify one of the current positions as "assistant superintendent-student achievement" and a second one as "assistant superintendent-administration and support." The existing assistant superintendents of curriculum and instructional services, administration, elementary schools and secondary schools would be eliminated. The chief finance officer post, which now reports directly to the superintendent, would be placed under the administration and support division.
A third proposal would collapse all employee training and development into a single office with one director.
"I want the best structure first, and then I want the best people for that structure," he said, declining to say who might serve in any of the new positions if the board approves them next week.
He expected to make appointments the week of Dec. 4. Browning stressed that he is looking at peoples' skills, and not focusing on political retribution.
"None of the decisions that I am making for the district are politically motivated," he said. "I could care less their involvement in the superintendent's campaign.... They are probably more concerned about it than I am."
Browning said he came up with these ideas after looking into the operations of high-performing Florida districts such as Sarasota, Brevard and St. Johns, then applying the best ideas for Pasco's specific needs. He stressed that the ideas will not end here.
"We will continue to look at the departments, programs and people as we go through the next six to seven months," he said.