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Special education aide faces firing after multiple reprimands



Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego has recommended that the School Board fire a classroom aide with a history of problems and poor performance evaluations.

The School Board will vote Tuesday on whether to terminate the employment of Rose Dacanay, a special education aide at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Education Center in Clearwater.

Dacanay, 66, has been accused of endangering students in wheelchairs multiple times by not restraining them properly, failing to follow a teacher’s instructions, and incorrectly using an arm splint on a student. These problems came after a formal letter of reprimand in late October. She has had five poor evaluations and seven disciplinary reprimands, including the October letter, during her tenure in the district.

She has worked for the school district since 2004 and earns about $14,400 a year. Dacanay can appeal to the state for a hearing.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:57pm]


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