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Pinellas board undecided on cutting guidance counselors, media specialists

The Pinellas County School Board took a big step towards $60 million in targeted budget cuts Monday. But it left crucial decisions affecting more than 70 elementary guidance counselors and media specialists - and the number of unpaid leave days for thousands of other employees - up in the air. The lack of consensus on those jobs sets the stage for a dramatic vote at next week’s board meeting, when the cuts will be finalized.

Board members wrestled with the job cuts because “they’re not buses and engines and pieces of paper. They’re actual people that have relationships with kids,” board member Janet Clark told The Gradebook. “There’s a face on it.” Read more here.

[Last modified: Monday, May 16, 2011 7:50pm]


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