Pasco superintendent hears teacher transfer grievance
United School Employees of Pasco officials are awaiting superintendent Kurt Browning's response to their complaint that Browning violated their contract with his mid-year teacher transfer ban.
Two teachers testified Monday as part of the union's presentation that they were denied moves to different schools solely because of the superintendent's edict, which never was agreed upon during negotiations.
"I would say they listened very intently," USEP operations director Jim Ciadella said. "I feel we made a good argument."
He suggested that Browning's summertime announcement that mid-year transfers would stop prompted principals to deny requests, despite contract terms detailing transfer procedures.
"We're trying to rectify that," Ciadella said.
The administration has five days after the hearing to respond. District officials said they are working on a formal letter to the union, which may appeal to the School Board if it does not like the result.