Pinellas fires special education aide
The Pinellas County School Board fired Tuesday a special education aide who had a history of problems and poor performance.
The vote was unanimous to accept the recommendation of an administrative law judge and fire Rose Dacanay, a classroom aide at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Education Center in Clearwater. She has been out of the classroom for a year following superintendent Mike Grego's original recommendation that she be fired. Dacanay had appealed to the state.
Dacanay, who spoke at the board meeting, denied the allegations against her. Those included: that she endangered students in wheelchairs by not restraining them properly, didn't follow instructions, and incorrectly put an arm splint on a student.
She said she had no regrets.
"I have peace in my heart because I know I made a positive difference," she told the School Board.
The School Board's purpose Tuesday was not to try Dacanay's case. Board members were to decide only if they wanted to accept the recommendation of the administrative law judge.
Dacanay had five poor performance evaluations and seven disciplinary reprimands during her tenure. She worked in the district for about 10 years and earned about $14,400 a year. She has been on unpaid leave following her suspension.
Had the School Board rejected the law judge's recommendation Dacanay would have been entitled to back pay.