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Pasco schools superintendent revamps district-level administration



Dissatisfied with the results of his regional structure, Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning has returned to a more traditional model of organizing his administrative team.

The new system will look more like that of his predecessor's, although with some key additions. Browning announced Tuesday his intention to include an assistant superintendent for schools in some stage of turnaround status in the state's accountability system alongside the more common chiefs of elementary, middle and high schools. That new post, to be held by former area superintendent Monica Ilse, mirrors a job created in several school districts including Pinellas as they give extra attention to the schools most in need of improvement.

The change isn't expected to lead to anyone losing a job, or the creation of extra positions. Rather, those in current posts will transfer to new titles and responsibilities. One area superintendent will not remain in the superintendent's inner circle, though.

"Todd Cluff, Area Superintendent for the Northwest Region, has expressed a desire to return to school based leadership," Browning wrote in a memo to staff. "We are continuing to work with Todd to ensure that he is able to use his skill set and leadership in our schools."

Among the likely possibilities would be the principal job at Bexley Elementary or Cypress Creek Middle-High, two schools that open in the fall. Those jobs are expected to be filled by the end of January, and the district usually relies on veteran administrators to guide new schools as they debut.

The other reassignments are: David Scanga as assistant superintendent for elementary schools, a post he has held before; Tammy Berryhill as assistant superintendent for high schools; and Kim Poe as executive director supporting Scanga and Ilse.

The job of assistant superintendent for middle schools will be advertised and filled after winter break.

"I have set the structure and we are working on the details of what the supports will look like for our schools, how they will be delivered, communications and feedback loops and accountability measures for all stakeholders," Browning wrote in his memo.

He said he would explain more at Tuesday's School Board meeting.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:36am]


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