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Pinellas delays decision on special education aide



Superintendent Mike Grego asked the School Board to wait before making a decision about whether to accept the recommendation of an administrative law judge to fire a special education classroom aide.

Rose Dacanay asked to speak before the School Board, but wasn't available Tuesday, he said. The board agreed to wait. Grego recommended nearly a year ago that Dacanay be fired. She appealed to the state, and a judge now has upheld Grego's original recommendation. 

Dacany worked at the Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Education Center in Clearwater. She was accused of endangering students in wheelchairs multiple times by not restraining them properly. She also was accused of incorrectly using an arm splint on a student and not following a teacher's instructions.

She has worked for the school district since 2004 and has had five poor performance evaluations and seven disciplinary reprimands. She earned about $14,400 a year. She has been on unpaid suspension and could be entitled to a year's worth of back pay if the School Board decides to reinstate her.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:06pm]


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