Carla Nolan recently won Pasco County's 2012 Teacher of the Year award.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Supporters in attendance included a lifelong Democrat and a longtime friend who says Fiorentino taught her how to wear sneakers—rhinestone sneakers, that is.
Supporters turned out in droves for Pasco County Schools Superintendent Heather Fiorentino's campaign kick-off celebration Tuesday at Pappa's Ranch Steahouse. Teachers, administrators, former school board members, county officials and longtime friends mingled, collected ballot petition signatures and pledged their support for Fiorentino's campaign. Sue Beane, a lifelong Democrat, said being there surrounded by Republicans was not the least bit painful. "I never go into things lightly," Beane said. "I'm here because Heather has proven herself to me through the performance of the school district over the past eight years." "And I'm a hard sell," she added. Beane, a behavior specialist at Odessa Elementary, said she has been on the budget …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Board members accused her of creating plans to reorganize the district central office without keeping them informed, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The calendar committee's proposal calls for a full week off at Thanksgiving; board members have several concerns.
Next year’s school calendar was a hot topic at Tuesday’s Pasco County School Board meeting, but a final decision has been tabled for now. United School Employees of Pasco Union president Lynne Webb presented the calendar committee’s draft of the 2012-13 school calendar, telling board members that “the stars have aligned” with the way dates fall on the calendar next year. “We have the opportunity to do something our teachers have been asking for,” Webb said. Teachers have taken 3 percent paycuts and accepted two furlough days, among other concessions, Webb said. “Why can’t we give them a calendar that they so desperately want?” The proposed calendar includes a full week off at Thanksgiving, while eliminating a Veteran’s Day holiday. The …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The district faces a $4 million fine for failing to meet class-size requirements this year, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The task force is expected to present its findings to the school board in March.
The volunteer task force assigned to investigate the potential impact of a four-day week is expected to present its findings during a school board workshop in March. But before it does, the task force wants to hear from you. Three public forums will be held this month for those who wish to give their input on the proposed four-day school week. "Stakeholders are encouraged to attend in order to learn more about the district’s ongoing budget crisis and to share their views about the possible implementation of this cost-saving measure," a press release from the district stated. The March workshop will not be open to the public, therefore all who are interested in having their say must attend one of the public forums.