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 today, but superintendent Heather Fiorentino's team has said it won't return to the table until Oct. 31. Fiorentino said she was surprised to receive the union's notice. "I thought we had at least agreed to talk and disagree," Fiorentino said, suggesting the timing might be related to the upcoming election. The USEP political action committee has endorsed Fiorentino's challenger, Stephen Donaldson.
Teacher withdraws her resignation
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, assistant superintendent Jim Davis said. She had submitted a resignation letter last week after being confronted about the messages, which district officials called "inappropriate."
Sheriff's Office mum on shooting
Nearly a week after one man was killed and two others injured in a predawn shooting, authorities are keeping any new information under wraps. Citing the open investigation, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office has declined to release anything further about the home invasion last Thursday on Oxenham Avenue. Corey Lynn Evans, 21, was killed. His cousin, Kenneth Sheridan Evans, 25, was injured, along with another man authorities say is a possible suspect. Kenneth Evans was hospitalized, though authorities have not released his condition. The other person has not been identified. "We're not releasing that for the integrity of the investigation," sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.
More than 9,000 have voted early
The crush of early voting continued Tuesday, with another 4,611 people casting ballots in advance of the Nov. 4 election. The turnout Tuesday surpassed Monday's crowds, 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.
An incident Friday night in which three Rockwood Drive homes were shot at occurred in Regency Park. A story in Tuesday's Pasco Times named a different neighborhood.