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Pinellas cutting summer teaching jobs



About one in four students who signed up for Summer Bridge, Pinellas's new program for struggling students, didn't show up this week.

That wasn't unexpected, but it does mean the district needs to dismiss some of the 550 teachers they hired for the summer program.

Melanie Marquez Parra, a spokeswoman for Pinellas County Schools, said, they'll cut about 10 percent of the positions. That's about 55 teachers back on the summer job market.

"The hiring agreement allows for staffing adjustments based on the number of students that participate," Parra said.

Almost 700 teachers had applied for Summer Bridge. Teachers are receiving their regular pay (minus referendum dollars) for the summer work.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:00am]


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