Special education aide could be fired in Pinellas
A special education classroom aide with a history of problems and poor performance evaluations could be fired by the Pinellas County School Board.
The School Board will consider Tuesday whether to accept the recommendation of an administrative law judge and fire Rose Dacanay. Superintendent Mike Grego recommended that she lose her job nearly a year ago, but she appealed to the state. A judge now has upheld Grego's recommendation.
Dacanay, who worked at the Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Education Center in Clearwater, was accused of endangering students in wheelchairs multiple times by not restraining them properly. She also was accused of not following a teacher's instructions and incorrectly using an arm splint on a student.
She had five poor performance evaluations and seven disciplinary reprimands during her tenure. She has worked at the district since 2004 and earned about $14,400 a year. She has been on unpaid suspension. If the School Board rejected the administrative law judge's recommendation, Dacanay could be entitled to about $14,000 in back pay.