At about this time last year, Pasco County schools implemented a hiring freeze in anticipation of eliminating jobs and transferring employees to new positions.
This year, things don't look as dim. Human resources director Christine Pejot has informed all principals and department heads that they're free to continue hiring temporary or mini-contract employees this spring as spots come open. They'll have to wait, though, to fill any expected vacancies for the coming school year.
"Anticipated vacancies for the 2014-2015 school year may not be advertised or filled at this time and will remain on hold until further notice, following the allocations/transfer process," Pejot said in her memo. "Later this month, our Office will be communicating detailed information regarding hiring procedures, along with an updated and more user-friendly hiring packet, in anticipation of the busy summer hiring season."
Pasco's decision stands in stark contrast to what's happening in Hernando County, where the district has frozen hiring for the second time this year. The Pasco district has several job openings listed on its website.