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Pasco school job changes ahead after shake-up

LAND O' LAKES - Superintendent Kurt Browning's reorganization at school district headquarters continues as the Pasco County School Board prepares to vote Tuesday on more job changes for administrators. At least three veteran administrators are in line for new positions because their old titles were eliminated under Browning's reorganization plan, which reduced the number of assistant superintendents, among other things. Dave Scanga, previously assistant superintendent for elementary schools, is to take one of four learning community executive director positions being created under Browning's new organizational chart. Each learning community executive director is responsible for a group of schools, which will be divided geographically.
Beth Brown, executive director of secondary schools, also is to become a learning community executive director. Tina Tiede, assistant superintendent for secondary schools, will hold the new title of assistant superintendent on assignment, at least until her contract with the district ends in six months. During that time, she will work on several projects involving areas such as school choice, end-of-course exams and alternative schools, said Assistant Superintendent Amelia Van Name Larson. At the end of the six months, Tiede and Browning will re-evaluate her role with the district, Larson said. Scanga, Brown and Tiede all have long histories with Pasco County schools. Scanga began working for the district in 1995 as a behavior specialist at Richey Elementary. Over the years, he has been an assistant principal, principal, director of research and evaluation and executive director of elementary schools. Brown, a district employee since 1991, has been a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Tiede, hired in 1981 as a teacher, has been an assistant principal, principal and supervisor of staff development. The school board also is set to vote Tuesday on the creation of two positions, an executive director for support services and an executive director for administration. In addition, the chief finance officer position held by Olga Swinson is being redefined to reflect changes Browning is putting in place. One key change is that the chief finance officer will be supervised by the assistant superintendent for administration and operations rather than report directly to the superintendent, as was the case.

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