Wanted: One new employee relations director for Pasco County schools
Paul Meeker, who took the post overseeing employee discipline and contract negotiations less than two months ago, suddenly resigned the position for "personal circumstances beyond his control."
Assistant superintendent Kevin Shibley told the School Board of the move Thursday, and said Meeker will remain with the district through September to allow for a smooth transition to a new department head.
"His work to date has been excellent and I was thoroughly impressed with his ability to learn the work of Employee Relations so quickly," Shibley told the board.
Meeker took the post after Betsy Kuhn, who previously held the job, won promotion to an assistant superintendent spot. He had been a lawyer in the firm that serves the School Board before joining the district.
The job is an important one, in that contract bargaining has hit a rough patch over issues including salaries and teacher job protections. Both the district and the United School Employees of Pasco have taken firm stands on their proposals, with seemingly little flexibility at this point.
Talks are not set to resume until after the district files its annual financial report with the state. That's when it should become more clear just how much money is in the general fund unreserved balances, which the USEP wants to use to help increase worker pay.
The district is accepting applications for employee relations director job through Wednesday.