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Secretary of State weighs in on Pasco schools administrative flap

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June

Browning Kurt Browning may be hard at work in Tallahassee, but Pasco County runs deep in his veins.

So when he read in the St. Petersburg Times about the dismissal of assistant superintendent Ray Gadd, the long-time elections supervisor who served for years on the county education foundation board and the advisory councils of his kids' schools couldn't keep quiet.

Using his personal e-mail account, Browning fired off a note to superintendent Heather Fiorentino urging her reconsideration:

"Ray has dedicated 28 years to education and the Pasco district and is a very well respected administrator, counselor and friend to many of our students and parents. Ray's commitment to our students, both former and current, has not gone unnoticed by our entire Pasco County community. He cares about our county and our school system but more importantly, he cares for our students."

Fiorentino declined to discuss her decision (though she did forward Browning's e-mail to us). The School Board is expected to take up the matter Tuesday. Gadd, who is scheduled to be on vacation, has not decided whether to attend.

To see the full e-mail, read on.

From : Kurt Browning
To : Heather Fiorentino
Sent : Wed Jun 10 15:21:24 2009
Good afternoon...

I felt compelled to write to you after reading the article in the Pasco Times yesterday regarding your decision to not reappoint Ray Gadd.  Although I recognize your authority as superintendent of schools to make such a decision, I was shocked, to say the least, when I read of his dismissal.

I normally do not voice my opinions on such matters but felt it necessary in this instance.  As I am sure you are very much aware, Ray was the driving force behind the passage of the Penny for Pasco, the very tool that has allowed you and the District School Board to build new schools to support the continuing student population growth and the ability to refurbish and remodel our older schools.  This would not have been possible had it not been for the extra penny sales tax.  Additionally, the extra penny has given the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners the needed cash to complete road improvements and to purchase environmentally sensitive lands.  All these benefits make Pasco County a better place to live and raise our kids.

Ray has dedicated 28 years to education and the Pasco district and is a very well respected adminitrator, counselor and friend to many of our students and parents.  Ray's commitment to our students, both former and current, has not gone unnoticed by our entire Pasco County community.  He cares about our county and our school system but more importantly, he cares for our students.

Heather, you know I don't work for the district but as a native resident of Pasco County and one that is deeply concerned about the future of our children, I would encourage you to reconsider your decision of not reappointing Ray Gadd.

Thanks for taking the time to read this email and your consideration of my request.

Kurt

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