Pasco County schools who have lost their tech specialists are having a hard time finding replacements. Part of the problem is schools have to advertise the job as a shared position with other schools. But tech specialists say it’s a full time job.
Kirk Pitts enjoys being an elementary school instructional technology specialist.
But when the Pasco County School Board split the position last year as a cost-cutting measure, he said, the job became overwhelming. Trying to do the technology training, set-up, maintenance, purchasing, teaching and more for two schools was too tough.
“The responsibilities don’t get cut in half,” said Pitts, a district technology specialist since 1997. “Just the amount of time to do it all.”