Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Smaller budget has room for new preschool posts

SPRING HILL — The agency that oversees preschool programs in Pasco and Hernando counties Thursday approved a $26.3-million overall budget, about $387,000 less than last year — but with three new positions.

Jim Farrelly, executive director of the Pasco Hernando Early Learning Coalition, said it represents about $248,000 less for slots for kids — about 85 spots — but that the new positions were needed. The state allows coalitions to spend 5 percent on administration; the added positions leave the agency below that threshold.

"We were particularly lean," he said.

The agency was largely shielded from state budget cuts earlier this year thanks to state Sen. Mike Fasano, whom coalition members honored in June.

The jobs include one for a specialist who helps day care providers deal with special-needs children and another for a bookkeeper to help the fiscal manager. A third position will be devoted to human resources and public relations.

The agency's board also approved two positions that will go unfilled until vehicles can be obtained. They include a mobile outreach specialist to drive a second "toy van" and another to drive a motor home.

Farrelly hopes the agency can somehow get a motor home to go to areas where families lack transportation and register children. He also hopes to use it as a mobile classroom that visits areas regularly to provide preschool services to children who otherwise would not have access to them.

"We may have some hurdles but this is what we say we're going to try to do," Farrelly said.

In other business, the board also expressed its commitment to getting an increase in the rate the state pays child care providers, who have not had one in about a decade.

If that fails, board members may consider granting them one-time bonuses at the end of the fiscal year if money is available.

Lisa Buie can be reached at buie@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4604.

Smaller budget has room for new preschool posts 07/24/08 [Last modified: Friday, July 25, 2008 2:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. South Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile

    World

    SEOUL — North Korea launched a ballistic missile early today that flew 280 miles and landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the South Korean military and the Japanese government said.

    S. Korean President Moon Jae-in is assessing the launch.
  2. Rays blow lead, rally, blow lead, rally again to beat Twins in 15 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays sure made it interesting Sunday, taking an early lead, watching their beleaguered bullpen blow it, rallying to tie in the ninth, battling the Twins to take a lead in the 14th then giving it up again.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 28: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates scoring a run against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on May 28, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010990
  3. Marijuana extract sharply cuts seizures in severe form of epilepsy

    Medicine

    An oil derived from the marijuana plant sharply reduces violent seizures in young people suffering from a rare, severe form of epilepsy, according to a study published last week that gives more hope to parents who have been clamoring for access to the medication.

  4. 'I ain't fit to live': Police say Mississippi gunman kills 8

    Crime

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — A man who got into an argument with his estranged wife and her family over his children was arrested Sunday in a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including his mother-in-law and a sheriff's deputy.

    People embrace Sunday outside the Bogue Chitto, Miss., house where eight people were killed during a shooting rampage Saturday in Lincoln County, Miss.
  5. Kushner's Russia ties questioned as Trump cites media 'lies'

    National

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump's son-in-law may need to be revoked.