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Pasco Schools Release List Of 470 Cut Positions

Eliminated positions include six assistant principals, 58 elementary education teachers and eight media specialists, among others.

In its ongoing effort to close an estimated , Pasco County schools announced a number of layoffs today.

A total of 470 positions were identified, cutting across all levels of the school district. The district released an official list of positions just before 5 p.m. today, but did not identify which schools were affected in the first round of layoffs. The district has said it needs to eliminate a and that other announcements will likely come soon.

On the district level, positions cut include the supervisor of volunteer programs, the director of maintenance, the district custodian, the supervisor of curriculum and instructional services and two district school psychologists.

On the school level, a large number of positions were eliminated. Some of the positions include, 10 physical education teachers, 28 media specialist assistants, six intensive reading teachers, 15 language arts instructors, 16 math teachers and 10 guidance counselors.

For a full listing of positions cut, view the PDF included with this article.

If you are a school district employee who has been laid off, we’d like to hear from you. If you are a student or parent who knows who has been laid off at a particular school, we’d also like to hear from you, too.

Check back with Patch for more details as they become available on this developing story.

Elle May 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Wow. Sad news. Sad for those now unemployed. Sad for the students. Sad for our collective future.
Tom Lokay May 20, 2011 at 01:32 AM
What happened to the money from the lottery? This is not acceptable. We need to have a better system. How about a penny tax on gas. We would never even notice that. How about the county workers who you see standing on the side of the road not doing anything but waiting for a dump truck to come back. There is a lot of waste in the county that could be cut. I just can not believe it in our time.
Rocky Contreras May 20, 2011 at 01:09 PM
I still can't believe that our funding for education varies with state revenue. That is ridiculous in my opinion. We will have good and bad times (economically), reveunes will go and up down. But education, along with law enforcement, fire departments, etc should have protected funding. These are all critical functions - both to our present (safety) and our futures. There are billions spent in this state and the funding for these critical functions make up a relatively small percentage - their funding should be deemed "constant" and all the other (less critical) functions we spend on can ride the up/down roller coaster of funding. Very sad.
Mechelle May 20, 2011 at 01:13 PM
The money from lottery works out to be about $5-$8 dollars per student per year. This is info from the past few years. Not as much as we are led to believe.
Daryle Domanico May 20, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Layoffs are a reflection of management's failure to do their job. Layoffs should be a means of LAST resort. Cost cutting and other efficiencies should be management's only options and failure to do these properly should result in management being fired and never the employee. We need smarter and more effective management and not less employees. Layoffs happen across all industries (I was laid off a year ago and am still unemployed) and this philospohy should never be the norm in America, but it seems to be so. Stop giving billions to other countries, especially those that hate us (middle east just to name a few) and we would have more than enough money to eliminate joblessness in America!!

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