Decision is delayed on after-school care
Parents hoping to have answers to their after-school child care needs at San Antonio Elementary won't be getting any final results by May 5, as the School Board had hoped.
"I'm not going to make the board's deadline," board member Joanne Hurley, who was assigned by her colleagues to mediate a solution, said Tuesday after sitting with several top-level school district administrators to discuss the fate of the popular Coaches' Camp.
Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has proposed ousting the teacher-run program in favor of the district-sponsored Place.
Hurley said the conversations turned up "a whole lot of possibilities that come into play," all of which require more review before coming up with a solution to the standoff between the district and the parents over child care.
Negotiations result in teaching jobs ensured
After the Pasco School Board redefined the job descriptions of about 100 reading and literacy teachers, those educators feared they might be let go if they didn't win one of the newly minted positions.
In negotiations that lasted all day Monday, representatives of the district and the United School Employees of Pasco arrived at terms that would ensure every one of those employees will have a job, USEP president Lynne Webb said.
"Some of them have been with the district 25 or 30 years," Webb said. "They certainly are not going to be out on the street."
The district will create a special hiring pool for them to apply for the new literacy and student achievement coach positions, which the board created to take advantage of federal stimulus funding.
They will get first crack at the positions, which then will be opened to other teachers. Every school will have jobs available.