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Pasco district officials seek more input on next steps for struggling schools



With a growing number of schools facing a state-required turnaround plan, the Pasco County school district is examining a variety of options for improving student performance.

Everything from staffing to curriculum to teaching methods is on the table. 

Key administrators met this week to talk about ideas such as a whether to refine a bonus pay structure to attract and retain top teachers, or to spend more money on support services. A document outlining the philosophy behind their discussions set forth five areas considered critical to success:

- Minimal politics
- Minimal confusion
- High morale
- High productivity
- Low turnover of talented leaders

Superintendent Kurt Browning had expected to walk away from the session with some decisions reached. After more than two hours together, though, the team determined that it needed to hear local voices, district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

"It's time to hear from the schools," Cobbe said, adding that the administration would meet next week with principals to further discuss options and plans.

Time is of the essence, as district improvement plans are due soon, and teachers are clamoring for information about expectations at the struggling schools. Cobbe said the team hopes to have solid answers "soon."

[Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2016 6:35am]


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