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Savings unclear in Pasco administration reorganization



Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning has taken several steps to reorganize the district administration, with a goal of improving services rendered to schools and students.

He's merged some departments, eliminated others, and reassigned staff members to where he says they will put their skills to best use.

But as School Board members head to their Tuesday meeting, where Browning has asked them to approve his administrative appointments and several new job descriptions, questions remain.

Board member Steve Luikart wants to know, for instance, what positions are being deleted to make room for the several new ones that Browning has proposed. Vice chairwoman Alison Crumbley, meanwhile, is looking for details about the plan's cost effectiveness.

"I need to know this is cost-neutral," Crumbley told the Gradebook. "Where are we headed with this?"

With the district planning to dip into reserves again to cover portions of a budget shortfall, she said, it has to take steps to ensure that all the burden of budget cuts doesn't fall on school-based employees alone. More layoffs aren't acceptable, she added.

"It's very, very difficult," Crumbley said. "All the board members can look at, bottom line, is dollars."

And those numbers still aren't ready, district officials said. Assistant superintendent Amelia Larson said that direct year-to-year comparisons won't be available until July, once reassignments are made in conjunction with new job descriptions and salary schedules. Kevin Shibley, executive director for administration, added that the general expectation with the reorganization is that, while some employees might move up and down, "we need to be revenue neutral."

The district's fiscal year begins July 1, but its budget won't be formally adopted until September.

[Last modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 9:52am]


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