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Superintendent transition begins in Pasco school district



images.jpgThere's still the formality of the general election pitting Republican nominee Kurt Browning against write-in candidate Kathy Lambert.

But with Browning, who soundly defeated incumbent Heather Fiorentino in the August primary, widely expected to sweep into office, the effort to begin acquainting him with district operations has begun.

Browning, who has said he will not campaign actively for the general, met with Fiorentino behind closed doors for about an hour last week. He said they had a genial conversation, and discussed how to make a seamless move from her term into his. Now, department directors are preparing reports to give Browning details about how they do business.

Browning has pledged to make a thorough review of district operations, with an eye toward effectiveness and efficiency. After that work is done, he said, he will decide whether to restructure divisions, keep or replace personnel and other possible actions. Already there's been some speculation as to what might come, as Browning spent much of his campaign relying on a Florida Association of District School Superintendents report that advocated change in substance and style.

The question of whether departed leaders such as Ray Gadd might return also has come up, but even Gadd can't say what's in store.

Browning said he plans to hit the ground running, so he's got a bit of time. His official swearing in date is Nov. 20. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:34am]


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