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Report highlights morale, management problems in Pasco school district



At the request of superintendent Heather Fiorentino, the Florida Association of District School Superintendents spent several days evaluating the Pasco County school district's administration for possible improvements and reorganizations. The team conducted personal interviews, an anonymous survey and observations.

The final report of about 200 pages has arrived, and it includes a variety of findings that should keep Fiorentino busy for some time to come. Among the highlights:

"The superintendent is characterized as a person of strong will and as a person who is willing to exercise that trait, verbally and frequently. This is seen to cause hesitancy in the timeliness of district-level and school-based leaders making decisions and being willing to be innovative and proactive in the practice of their roles."

"School based administrators indicated that their opinions are often ignored by district supervisors and that innovation is not rewarded within the system. They perceive that many decisions are 'top-down' with little input from school-based personnel."

"Morale was the major concern among the climate domains and was seen as declining. ... Morale at the high school level is an area that needs further investigation and immediate attention."

"Relationships between board members and the superintendent are still developing. A collaborative environment is desired by all but is sometimes strained. Board members perceive a lack of transparency in decision making, data sharing and in a few cases there is mistrust of information provided."

District spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli told the Gradebook that the administration is reviewing the full report for ideas that it might implement.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:11pm]


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