What to expect at today's Pinellas County School Board meeting
The Pinellas County School Board will kickoff a lengthy board meeting at 10 a.m. at its administration building in Largo. Here's a quick digest of what you need to know.
UNIONS: The board will vote on whether to approve bargaining agreements with each of its unions. The teacher's union is proposing a 2.65 percent pay raise and an increased starting salary of $43,000 for first-year teachers, and the Pinellas Educational Support Professionals Association bargained a 3.25 percent pay raise. District officials have updated the agenda to reflect agreements with SEIU/FPSU and the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association both of which negotiated a 3.25 percent pay raise.
PRINCIPAL SWAP: The district is still mum on why it is swapping the principals of two starkly different middle schools just two months into the school year. The principal of D-rated Largo Middle said she spoke up for a change, while the principal of stellar Clearwater Fundamental Middle said she viewed the change as a career move.
FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES: The district is looking to tweak parts of its fundamental and magnet programs. They include:
- Flexibility for fundamental principals to offer additional parental involvement activities beyond the SAC, or PTSA monthly meetings to promote more authentic parental involvement.
- Increased the proximity preference percentage at Tarpon Springs Fundamental from 20 percent to 50 percent in an effort to increase diversity at the school
- Officially adding Pinellas Technical High School at Seminole to the list of magnet offerings. The county's first full-time technical high school will be an application-only school.
- Deleting Lealman Innovation Academy, a dropout prevention school with personalized learning, from the list of magnet offerings because families viewed the marketing as misleading.
- Extended middle school sibling priority across programs. For example, a child in the fundamental track may be given preference when they have an older sibling in the gifted track at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental.
See the changes in the agenda here.
CALENDARS: It may soon be official: Pinellas will make up lost hurricane days by having school on Jan. 8 and March 12 in addition to Oct. 16. The School Board may also approve the student testing calendar in the consent agenda.
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