Pasco sees more leadership moves, including new focus on school choice
School choice will get extra attention in the Pasco County school district as superintendent Kurt Browning continues to reorganize operations.
Browning won School Board approval last week to eliminate the director jobs for the special education and student services departments, creating a new leadership spot to oversee the combination of those two areas. He's recommended Melissa Musselwhite, who ran the ESE side, to head the bigger department.
The move opened the opportunity for Browning to assign Lizette Alexander, who had led student services, to take over a new effort to merge all school choice programs under one roof. In past years, the district's different choice programs, which include open enrollment, charter schools, career academies and International Baccalaureate, have operated independently of one another.
As a result, it was difficult to track participation, as well as availability of options, which in turn made it tough for parents to get answers to their choice-related questions. Alexander, whose post was absorbed, has been charged with bringing all the programs together. She has not been assigned an official title, though.
This is not the only effort to reorganize and combine departments going on in the district. Former assistant superintendent John Mann also is assigned to oversee the dismantling of the instructional technology department, with its various functions reallocated to other areas including curriculum and communication. Browning also remade the district leadership, placing executive directors over four regional K-12 zones, a change from when schools were divided by grade levels.