Some librarians being cut from Pinellas high schools
The Pinellas County School District is eliminating librarian positions at eight high schools for the coming school year. High schools with two librarians will have just one next year, according to an email that went out Tuesday.
People whose jobs have been eliminated will be involuntarily transferred to schools with a vacancy. The principal will decide who stays and who goes. The high schools losing positions include: Clearwater, Dixie Hollins, East Lake, Gibbs, Northeast, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs.
The Gradebook has been asking about this issue since last Friday. District officials haven't provided a response yet. But an email from Bonnie Kelley, supervisor of Library Media/Technology, went out Tuesday that detailed the changes. In the email, Kelley said that the staffing model has changed at high schools for the 2013/14 school year. Next year, high schools will have a librarian or technology specialist and a tech technician. (A support employee.)
All vacancies for librarians and technology specialists will be frozen in the district until they can be filled by the people whose jobs have been cut at the high schools. A job fair also will be held on April 29 for the "displaced professionals."
Schools with vacancies are: Belleair Elementary, Frontier Elementary, Highland Lakes Elementary, Pinellas Park Middle, Seminole Middle, and Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary.
Perhaps ironically - sadly? - the email went out just hours after the School Board approved a proclamation by Gov. Rick Scott proclaiming School Library Month. Superintendent Mike Grego thanked librarians (and technology specialists) for the work they do to "promote literacy." The staffer who presented the proclamation? Bonnie Kelley.
We're hoping to find out more from the school district Thursday about what prompted the cuts. If you have been affected please let us know. You can email Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org