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Pasco school district, AMI Kids move quickly to improve the alternative school



Some key personnel moves came just one day after the Pasco School Board voted to end its relationship with the AMI Kids alternative school unless the organization makes significant improvements to its operations.

The Tampa-based nonprofit removed its director of operations for its Pasco campus amid the school district's concerns, and will bring in a new person to oversee the effort to improve deficiencies district officials uncovered, district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said. UPDATE: AMI Kids spokeswoman Shawna Kercher said the organization removed its Pasco operations director "weeks prior to this meeting or the notice by the school board of any concerns." A new one is in place.

The district, meanwhile, hired former Pasco High principal Pat Reedy on a three-week contract to serve as acting administrator, monitoring progress and actions at the school for the district. He will coach AMI Kids Pasco's school-based administrator.

Reedy, who retired in 2012, most recently served as interim principal at River Ridge High School this fall, after the abrupt departure of the school's former leader.

District officials also are talking with law enforcement about placing a full-time resource officer at AMI Kids, Cobbe said.

School Board members and superintendent Kurt Browning said they hope to rescind their action ending the group's contract to serve high-risk students. But they won't do so until they feel confident that students are being well served.

AMI Kids leaders pledged to meet the district's expectations.

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