Dade City, Florida -- After hearing pleas from students and residents of the Dade City community, Superintendent Kurt Browning announced he will not recommend closing Moore Mickens Education Center.
"I have heard the heartfelt pleas from Moore Mickens students, graduates, staff, and supporters, and I cannot in good conscience move forward with the recommendation to close the school at this time," said Superintendent Browning in a release Tuesday.
While Browning says the school will not close, staff and the School Board will now have to find nearly $1 million in order for employees to get any type of raise next year. District staff has reportedly not received pay increases in six years.
Under the revised proposal, the school district says the Early Head Start (pre-k) program will still be moved to Pasco Elementary School beginning in the 2013/2014 school year so it can be with students of the same age group.
The Cyesis teen parent program, FAPE 22 program for Exceptional Education students from age 18 to 22, Adult Education, and the Support our Students (SOS) last-chance program all will remain at Moore Mickens.
Pasco County School District