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Pasco superintendent won't keep popular key assistant superintendent Ray Gadd

Gadd Longtime Pasco schools administrator Ray Gadd, who helped win the district's 2004 Penny for Pasco sales tax campaign, has gotten the boot from superintendent Heather Fiorentino.

"She didn't fire me," Gadd, assistant superintendent for support services, told the Gradebook. "She's just not going to reappoint me."

Fiorentino delivered the news in a brief conversation late Monday, but didn't give Gadd details about her decision. Neither did she inform School Board members of her plan to release the 28-year district veteran, who has not always supported her politically but has been her go-to person for key issues such as impact fees and school construction.

"I'm not happy about that at all," board member Kathryn Starkey said of Gadd's nonrenewal. "We said we were going to save jobs, and his is an important one. ... There's no one else who can do the job he's done with the competency he has."

Board member Joanne Hurley was equally disturbed by the move.

"With the successes he has had, I am curious to hear what the superintendent thinks she would gain," Hurley said. She called Gadd -- who some have urged to run for superintendent -- "the most capable school district employee that I've known."

The superintendent's full slate of administrative reappointments comes to the board Tuesday. The discussion on this one will be heated.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:25am]

    

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