Pinellas Education Foundation delivers cost-savings report
The Pinellas Education Foundation presented its latest Savings for Classrooms report to the School Board today, emphasizing that it wasn't intended as criticism.
Jim Myers, foundation chairman, said the report, which recommends cutting district staffers and compressing the teachers' pay scale, is "about expansion." The goal is to put more money into the classrooms, he said, and allow the district to recruit and retain good teachers. (See our story here.)
"We want the best and highest paid teachers in the state of Florida," he said.
Superintendent Mike Grego said district staffers worked on the report with volunteers from the business community. The idea today was to hear the report and presentation. Board members will have a chance to discuss the recommendations in greater depth at a later workshop, possibly in August.
District staffers also will provide a response, detailing which of the recommendations are possible and which are not. This is the second Savings for Classrooms report.