Pinellas looks to wage cuts to help balance budget; plans for bus depot dropped
Pinellas school officials today are announcing a budget cutting plan that proposes a 2 percent salary reduction for all employees, the elimination of 147 jobs and freezes on hiring and travel. Officials also said they are reviewing the possibility of closing up to seven additional schools for the 2009-10 academic year. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox will deliver the bad news in a meeting of administrators this afternoon at district headquarters. The moves would cut $43-million from the 2008-09 operating budget.
Read Wilcox's letter to the board.
In other news, Wilcox is recommending to the School Board that the district drop plans to build a controversial bus depot on land near Countryside High owned by the City of Clearwater.