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Pasco schools clarify hiring freeze



The Pasco school district imposed a temporary hiring freeze in early February, largely to keep job available for employees who might lose positions when schools consolidate during renovations next year. Shortly after, though, the district continued to hire into vacancies and create new ones, such as an equity manager.

Some asked, What gives? Employee relations director Kevin Shibley went on the clarify the freeze in a recent memo to all hiring supervisors in the district.

One thing he made clear is that any teachers hired from outside the district into open classroom teaching slots will be given short-term contracts and automatically non-renewed at the end of the academic year. Teachers from inside the district who take the jobs now also could be subject to involuntary transfers at the end of the year.

Shibley warned principals to alert staffers to this rule before they make any decisions.

He also set forth that other positions deemed critical needs could be filled with the permission of district-level administrators, and that coaching positions can be filled as usual. Read on for his full memo.

Principals and Directors,

Over the past week there has been some confusion regarding the hiring freeze put in place on February 1, 2013. The guidelines below have been developed to provide further clarification regarding the freeze:
1)     Basic Education and Adult Education Classroom Teaching Positions – Principals may advertise vacant classroom positions as mini-contracts through the end of the 2012/2013 school year. New teachers hired from outside of the District to fill these vacancies will be automatically non-reappointed at the end of the school year. Existing teachers hired from other Pasco Schools may be subject to involuntary transfer at the end of the year should they accept one of these positions. Please make sure any existing Pasco teacher you make an offer to understands the potential implications of transferring at this point in time. Schools unable to secure a certified classroom teacher through the advertisement process, may hire a long-term substitute for the remainder of the year.

2)  Non-Classroom Teachers and Non-Instructional Positions – Principals may seek permission from their appropriate Learning Community Executive Director to advertise any critical need non-classroom teaching or non-instructional vacancies.

3)  All ESE Vacancies – Principals may seek permission from Melissa Musselwhite to advertise any critical need instructional or non-instructional ESE positions.

4)   Athletic Coaching Vacancies – Principals may advertise these positions as normal.

Kevin Shibley, Esq.
Director of Employee Relations

[Last modified: Monday, February 25, 2013 8:48am]


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