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Librarian jobs up in the air in Pinellas



The Pinellas County School District hasn’t decided to cut librarian positions, district officials said Thursday. An email that went out Tuesday, which said clearly that some librarian positions were being cut, was sent “prematurely.”

District officials sent a second email Wednesday night to apologize for causing staff members any “undue anxiety.” The second email said that staffing allocations at the high schools still was under review.

“There may have been a premature understanding that it was final when it wasn’t,” said Melanie Marquez Parra, district spokeswoman.

Parra said details about librarians would be final next week.

The Tuesday email was sent hours after the School Board approved a proclamation declaring School Library Month, leaving the school district scrambling to reassure people that it does support libraries.

“The media centers are valued and the district wants them to have the support they need,” Parra said.

She said the district is looking at staffing models at the high school libraries because some have more librarians than others. (Some schools received additional librarians in past years because of enrollment numbers.) She said distict officials are “trying to equalize support.”

Eight high schools have two librarians, including Clearwater , Dixie Hollins, East Lake , Gibbs, Northeast, Pinellas Park , St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs.

Here’s the second email that went out:


From: Corbett William - Area 2 
Sent:  Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:13 PM
To: +All Library Info Spec - HS
Cc: +All Principals - HS
Subject: communication regarding staffing models



The email you received last night from Bonnie Kelly regarding High School staffing models was sent prematurely.  High School allocations are still being finalized as is the process for any staff that may be displaced.  You principal and/or Human Resources will communicate this information once it has been determined.  We value our media programs K-12 ,and our intent is to have a fully supported library media program in every school. 

We apologize for any undue anxiety that this may have caused.




The Area Superintendents

Bill Lawrence, Associate Superintendent, Teaching and Learning




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