Lacoochee Elementary turnaround nears full restaffing
Pasco County's struggling Lacoochee Elementary School, which has been targeted for a district-managed turnaround, is getting closer to having a new-look faculty for the coming school year.
In April, superintendent Kurt Browning announced that all teachers and administrators would have to reapply to keep their jobs. He did so as part of a state-mandated improvement plan for schools that earn three consecutive D grades from the state, as Lacoochee is expected to do. This year's grades have not been completed, although initial FCAT scores have begun trickling in.
The school hired 17 educators, including 12 who already worked there, after its first advertisement closed. It readvertised several positions afterward, and came much closer to full a staff.
District officials reported that the second ad brought in 31 new applications for general K-5 teacher, of which the school hired five. It also got nine dropout prevention teacher applicants, of which one was hired; two guidance counselor resumes, of which none were hired; and six inquiries for ESE teacher, of which two were hired.
The school plans to put out a third job posting soon, to fill three remaining K-5 teacher spots, one guidance counselor job and one "dual certified" teacher.
Browning has not yet announced his plan for the principal and assistant principal jobs. Only the current position holders applied for the spots in the one advertisement for them.