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Pasco school district offers unemployment advice

In advance of the pink slips that are expected to come on Thursday, the Pasco County school district has launched a web page that officials say they wish they didn't have to offer. Titled "Employment Transitions," the page refers people to the resources they might use when facing financial hardship.

These include the district's employee assistance program, the county's Hardest Hit program, the Florida unemployment compensation system and the United Way.

School Board members and administrators have stressed that layoffs are not what they want to do. But with a budget shortfall approaching $55 million, after three years of cuts already, they said they have limited options.

"We are exceptionally distressed to have to do this for any of our employees," board chairwoman Joanne Hurley said.

Posted by Jeff Solochek at 10:53:54 am on May 18, 2011