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Pasco School Board to consider several policy revisions



Pasco County School Board members will take steps beginning Tuesday to update several district policies, as part of an ongoing effort to keep its operations current. Several of the changes come straight from state law, but some come from district efforts to do business differently. Among them:

- Superintendent Kurt Browning wants to commemorate into policy his preference that the district give charter school applicants time to respond to questions and concerns in their applications before he makes a final recommendation whether to approve the charter. The issue came up during discussions on Pepin Academies charter application, which also comes to the board for a 15-year contract on Tuesday.

- Assistant superintendent Ray Gadd has pressed the United School Employees of Pasco to make it easier for schools that currently allow smoking to go tobacco-free. A recommended policy change would remove language stating that work sites created before July 1996 can allow tobacco use under certain conditions, instead saying that all school grounds are tobacco-free unless exempted in collective bargaining. The administration has made clear its plan to negotiate this subject in the next contract talks.

- The School Board set up a new student-athlete transfer policy this year in response to new laws that made districts responsible for policing recruiting violations. Facing a legal challenge over the rule, the board is considering some minor adjustments clarifying that it applies to high school students, including ones who previously attended private, charter, home, magnet and alternative schools in addition to public schools.

The board will discuss these and other recommended changes on Tuesday. Two public hearings are required before the rules could take effect. Read the proposals here.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:25pm]


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