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Pasco schools superintendent considers reorganizing his administration



Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning is looking into changing the way the district office does business.

He's targeting the regional structure he put in place shortly after taking office four years ago. He divided the district into four regions, and assigned each an area superintendent and staff of literacy coaches, counselors and other specialists aimed at providing targeted support.

"From my vantage point, the regional model has served us well for administrative and managerial tasks but may have been detrimental to our goal of providing differential supports where they are most needed," Browning told regional team members in an email just before Thanksgiving break.

When first running for office, Browning criticized former superintendent Heather Fiorentino's administration for taking a "cookie-cutter approach" to all schools, regardless of need. He justified his restructuring efforts as an attempt to refocus the district office to back up school-based instruction.

Now, he is contemplating a reorganization of his leadership team along with the regional model. Other area districts, including Hillsborough and Pinellas, recently have added high-level positions to focus on the performance of struggling schools and minority students.

Browning has not released details. He has asked the staff to meet with him on Dec. 15 to discuss a possible new structure and realignment of work. He stressed that no workers are slated to lose their jobs.

[Last modified: Monday, November 28, 2016 10:53am]


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