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Teacher withdraws resignation in texting case

Land O'Lakes

Teacher pulls resignation; placed on leave

Lori A. Borick, the River Ridge High special education teacher under investigation for improper text messaging with a male student, withdrew her resignation before the School Board could act on it Tuesday. Borick will be placed on administrative leave while the Sheriff's Office investigates the situation, assistant superintendent Jim Davis said. She had submitted a one-sentence resignation letter last week after being confronted about the messages, which district officials called "inappropriate."

Union, school district at impasse

Two weeks before the superintendent's election, the United School Employees of Pasco has notified the Public Employee Relations Commission that it just can't reach an agreement with the administration over this year's contract. It wants a special magistrate to help resolve the issues. "I think the superintendent's unwillingness to make good on her promises to guarantee employee benefits and to continually delay financial negotiations is disingenuous at best," USEP president Lynne Webb said in a news release. Contract talks were to resume Wednesday, but superintendent Heather Fiorentino's team has said it won't return to table until Oct. 31. Fiorentino said she was surprised to receive the union's notice of impasse. "I thought we had at least agreed to talk and disagree," Fiorentino said, suggesting the timing might have something to do with the upcoming election. The USEP political action committee has endorsed challenger Stephen Donaldson against Fiorentino.

COUNTYWIDE

More than 9,000 have voted early

The crush of early voting continued Tuesday, with another 4,611 people casting their ballots in advance of the Nov. 4 election. The turnout surpassed Monday's crowds at the polls, bringing the early voting tally to 9,164. Add in the 19,844 absentee ballots turned in so far, and nearly 10 percent of Pasco voters have already voted. Early voting through next week at seven locations. For information call the Supervisor of Elections Office toll-free at 1-800-851-8754 or visit pascovotes.com.

Correction

An incident Friday night in which three Rockwood Drive homes were shot at occurred in the Regency Park neighborhood of Port Richey. A story in Tuesday's Pasco Times named a different neighborhood.

Pasco deaths

Castle, Garrett Dee

Fyfe, Carol A. (Denehy)

Kobelski, Helen C.

MaKinster, Sissi Lee

Marchese, Vincent

Oliver, Jean T.

Raineri, Andreana

Sierra, Virginia "Della"

Zsetenyi, James

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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