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Pasco school district looks to outsider to help set priorities



The Pasco County school district's five-year strategic plan has expired.

Moving ahead, the administration wants to create a new model that helps leaders prepare annual operating plans that are both connected to spending priorities and easily measured.

To get there, they want to hire a consultant. Superintendent Kurt Browning has recommended the School Board pay $157,000 to have Tampa-based TransPro Consulting help craft what the district is calling its "Success Plan." 

TransPro is led by Mark Aesch, a former CEO of the Rochester Genesee (NY) Regional Transportation Authority. At least one of the TransPro team members is a former advisor to Florida governors Charlie Crist and Rick Scott.

The company, which has done similar work in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia, says in its promotional materials that it will help the district find savings in its operations about double the cost of the effort. In the past, district officials have conducted their strategic planning efforts themselves.

"They're going to facilitate it," district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said of the consultants. "You need to have a neutral facilitator to guide the effort and keep it on track."

The School Board will review the proposal Tuesday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:12am]


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