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Pinellas County Schools still not posting meeting items on time



Update: Agenda is posted as of 1:35 p.m. It includes the items mentioned below in addition to new school start times for the five identified schools, which will now run from 8:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. The district's voluntary pre-Kindergarten program is up for renewal, and the district plans to provide an extended six-hour, tuition-free VPK program at six schools beginning in August with Title I funding.

Update: District spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra said agenda items were submitted with formatting errors and missing links for attachments. They are currently being fixed.

Pinellas County Schools can't seem to break the habit.

Since 2013 this administration has waited as long as the day before school board meetings and workshops to post agendas and corresponding items. It's state law to post an agenda along with supplemental materials at least seven days before an event.

Often, the case is that an agenda is posted, but the items are missing. Not this time -- as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, not even the agenda has been posted for the school board's upcoming meeting on Tuesday.

Many proposals were discussed at a double-header school board meeting and workshop held last Tuesday that could appear on next week's agenda: a $10,000 pay raise for deputy superintendent Bill Corbett, a job proposal for a minority achievement officer that will cost $138,494 and a compensation package to attract top-tier teachers to the five failing south St. Petersburg schools.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 2:12pm]


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