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Kurt Browning to bring proposals of school district reorganization to School Board for approval


Browning's reorganization likely not done

School superintendent Kurt Browning will bring a spate of proposals to the School Board next week to cement more of his district reorganization plans. He will ask the board to approve his organizational chart, new job descriptions for chief finance officer and executive directors of administration and support services, and reallocations of several personnel. He has nominated David Scanga and Beth Brown as learning community executive directors, and Tina Tiede as assistant superintendent on assignment. He has named Mark Fox as director of maintenance and is expected to appoint Renalia DuBose as executive director for administration and Olga Swinson as chief finance officer. Interviews for the communications director job are scheduled for Wednesday, so that appointment also could come soon. Browning has said he wants to refocus the district office to better serve schools, and this is part of that plan. More moves are likely.


City doesn't want feedback on mayor

Given the controversial final weeks of former Mayor Steve Van Gorden's term, City Council members have decided not to seek residents' feedback on his job performance. The council on Monday approved a draft of this year's citizen satisfaction survey, leaving in place a question about mayoral approval or disapproval but striking through the part where residents can answer. City Council President Kenneth Compton suggested removing the question about the mayor altogether, but City Manager Jim Drumm said he was concerned doing so would cause respondents to consider the mayor part of the council when answering other questions about elected leaders. Van Gorden, who was elected in April, resigned last month after the council voted to pursue impeachment proceedings against him. He stepped down as principal of Zephyrhills High School in November after allegations of sexual harassment against him.


Republican Club to meet Jan. 23

The Republican Club of Central Pasco will meet on Jan. 23 to start planning GOP activities for the coming year. Pasco GOP chairman Randy Maggard and executive committee member Gary Willner will discuss the plans for the state Republican Party as well as statistics from the 2012 elections. The club meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd. For information, call Connie Queller at (813) 326-8802.


Grand opening for Legg's new office

State Sen. John Legg will host a grand opening from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 of his new district office, 262 Crystal Grove Blvd. Light refreshments will be served. Guests are asked to bring donations of diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, clothing items and toiletries for clients of local pregnancy centers. RSVP to Becky Zizzo at (813) 909-9919 or