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Pasco County schools had 122 vacant teacher positions.
In a district with almost 5,000 teachers, the number of openings might seem small.
"It's not even two per school," assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose said. "But if it's your child's class, it's an issue."
Lynne Webb, president of the United School Employees of Pasco, speculated that the vacancies might be due to the district's inability to complete contract negotiations.
With Hillsborough's new wages in place, she said, Pasco might not be competing.
This year, the Pasco district is more strictly enforcing federal rules that mandate certified teachers who are highly qualified in their subject area, which could limit the pool somewhat.
The issue also has caused some confusion with teachers coming in from other states, where the federal law might be interpreted differently.
Trouble with titles idles new patrol cars
More than 100 new patrol cars purchased for Pasco County deputies are sitting unused because county officials did not turn over ownership to Sheriff Bob White.
Without titles to the cars, which cost $1.9-million, White cannot send them out on patrol.
County budget director Mike Nurrenbrock and an official with the clerk of courts blamed the three-month delay on lost paperwork by the state. The titles were finally turned over on Monday.
Incentives approved for Sysco Food project
The City Council on Monday approved a $5-million incentive package to lure Sysco Food Services.
The company plans to build a 393,000-square-foot distribution center on 62 acres. The incentive deal includes a refund of more than $2-million in city taxes and $760,000 in impact fees and utility connection fees.
Sysco says the center will bring 257 jobs, including 125 existing employees who would transfer.
POLICE CHIEF CANDIDATE: Lt. Robert Sullivan, 45, a 25-year veteran of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the commander of its vice, narcotics and criminal intelligence operations, has applied to be Brooksville's police chief. He is one of nearly 55 applicants. A panel will select three to five finalists by late next week.
RESORT PLANS ON HOLD: The Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday granted a two-month delay in developer Jimmy DeMaria's plans to build a resort on the Oak Hills Golf Club. Neighbors had objected to 25 residential lots on the fringes of the golf course. They did not oppose the idea of the resort, which will include a parking garage, a three-story clubhouse and 120 hotel rooms.
A PLAN TO SLOW TRAFFIC: Plans to slow down traffic in an east Clearwater neighborhood could come a lot sooner than expected. The City Council will hold a public hearing tonight about whether to fast-track a number of traffic-calming measures in several neighborhoods. The interim plan comes almost two months after two men were killed when their speeding car smashed into an oak tree along Stewart Boulevard. Since then, residents in the 688-home Morningside-Meadows neighborhood have pleaded with city leaders to fast-track a long-planned traffic-calming project.