Pasco School Board adopts new media, technology and literacy plan
Facing a $19.5 million budget deficit, the Pasco School Board on Tuesday accepted an administrative plan to reorganize the way schools provide media, technology and literacy support.
The board eliminated the positions of media specialist, instructional technology specialist and literacy coach. It replaced them with a smaller number of "information and communication technology literacy specialists" and a roving technology maintenance and repair crew.
Superintendent Kurt Browning said the new model would save $4.8 million and help improve student academic performance. The existing model, he said, leaves too many students behind as teachers are not prepared to meet their needs, relying too much on the old now-eliminated jobs.
"Our data on our current plan is in the tank, with all due respect to the hard working folks who are out there," Browning said. "Until we fully implement this plan, I don’t think we will see the student gains we need to see."
Board members were reluctant to adopt the plan, saying that perhaps more time for transition and planning would be beneficial. "But we don’t have the money in the budget to do so," vice chairwoman Alison Crumbley said