Pasco teachers on pins and needles over reassignments
Reorganization and budget cuts have close to 500 Pasco County teachers and school-related personnel anxiously awaiting news about where they'll be working next fall.
Some have already sent notes to the district asking when they might get word, seeing as the last day of work for most comes on June 6.
Kevin Shibley, district executive director for administration, sent an email to employees on Friday telling them they should know their fate before that day comes -- more than likely, one day before the contract ends.
Hiring for the district's new media/technology specialist jobs must come before all the shifting begins, he explained, and about 140 applicants have sought those 80 or so positions.
"We anticipate the interview process will conclude early next week, and that schools will begin to select their ICT Literacy Coaches later in the week," Shibley wrote. "Until we begin filling the ICT Literacy Coach positions, we are not going to be able to provide impacted teachers with assignment information. I currently anticipate principals being able to share placement information with impacted teachers on Wednesday, June 5, 2013."
The SRP layoff/recall process is expected to begin shortly afterward. The School Board is expected to make further decisions about possible job eliminations at its June 4 meeting. Read on for Shibley's full email on the transfer and recall time line.
I want to provide everyone with an update on the timeline for instructional transfers and SRP layoff/recall moving into the 2013/2014 school year. As things currently stand, we are in the process of trying to place over 500 teachers and SRP who are in need of new positions for next year due to allocation reductions and shifts. In order to complete these moves, it will be necessary for schools to begin to identify who will be hired into the recently created ICT Literacy Coach allocations. The Office for Teaching and Learning is currently conducting the pool process for the ICT Literacy Coach position and they are screening approximately 140 teachers. We anticipate the interview process will conclude early next week, and that schools will begin to select their ICT Literacy Coaches later in the week. Until we begin filling the ICT Literacy Coach positions, we are not going to be able to provide impacted teachers with assignment information. I currently anticipate principals being able to share placement information with impacted teachers on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
In terms of SRP layoff/recall, the Department for Human Resources is currently verifying allocations and compiling the recall lists for impacted areas of assignment. We anticipate SRP layoff/recall phone calls beginning sometime during the week of June 10, 2013. Recall phone calls may start prior to this date, depending on the allocation verification process.
While I genuinely appreciate the anxiety that is currently being felt by those teachers and SRP currently impacted by these moves, it will be difficult for me to engage in one-on-one conversations with impacted employees over the next two weeks as the transfer team continues to focus its efforts on expediting these processes. If you have questions not answered by this e-mail, please consult your worksite administrator. If he/she is unable to answer your question it will be passed along to me and I will do my best to answer it, keeping in mind that neither I nor your worksite administrator will be able to determine your 2013/2014 placement prior to the dates identified above. Thank you in advance for your continued patience as we work through these processes.
Kevin Shibley, Esq.
Executive Director for Administration
District School Board of Pasco County