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Almost 30 applicants for area superintendent in Pinellas County

Nearly 30 candidates have applied to be an area superintendent in the Pinellas County School District, with applications coming from within the school system and from as far away as Colombia. 

District administrators, such as turnaround officer Charlene Einsel, have applied. So have several district principals, including Michael Vigue, principal of Boca Ciega High, Christen Tonry, principal of Palm Harbor University High, Bonnie Cangelosi, principal of Shore Acres Elementary and Felita Lott, principal of Bay Point Elementary. 

One of the applicants, Steve Van Gorden, former principal of Zephyrhills High School, is well-known in Pasco County. He resigned last year amid sexual harassment complaints.

Also among the applicants is Wayne McKnight, a former assistant principal of Tarpon Springs High, who filed suit against Pinellas County Schools for alleged age discrimination. McKnight's contract wasn't renewed by Principal Clint Herbic about a year ago, provoking an outcry among students who told the School Board how beloved he was at the school. McKnight hasn't been able to find another position as an assistant principal since then and has been working as a behavior specialist.

Superintendent Mike Grego promoted William Corbett to deputy superintendent, which resulted in the opening for area superintendent. Interviews are going on now. 

See the full list of applicants below, as provided by the school district:

Karen Aspen Principal, Forest Lakes Elementary, PCS

Alexander Bennett Principal, Columbus School, Medellin, Colombia

Harold Border Principal, Orange County School District

Ann Bradshaw Superintendent of Mashpee Schools, Mashpee, MA 

Eugene Butler, Jr. Director, Middle Schools, Tucson, AZ 

Bonnie Cangelosi Principal, Shore Acres

Sean Croft Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Starpoint Central School District, NY

Ramon Dawkins, Behavior Specialist, PCS

Charlene Einsel Turnaround Officer

Andrei Ghelman Turnaround Administrator, DemascusHigh, MD

Jane Golding Director of Instructional Support, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Nickolas Grasso Director, PE Athletics & Extra Curricular Activities, PCS 

Mark Hart Coordinator of Educational Media & Online Programs, University of Florida, Gainesville FL

Cheryl Hodgson‐Toeller Intern Principal, Pompano Beach, FL

Wendy Kruger Director, Curriculum & Assessment, Center Grove Community School Corporation, Greenwood, IN

Felita Lott Principal, Bay Point Elementary

Wayne McKnight Assistant Principal, Tarpon Springs High

Mary Murray Principal, Palmetto RidgeHigh, Naples, FL

Robert Murray President, Center for Leadership & Achievement, Naples, FL

Kelvin Norton Assistant Superintendent, Jefferson County School Board, Monticello, FL

Robert Poth Principal, East Lake High

Angela Prince Founding Director, Academics & Operations, United Providence

Joseph Ray Principal, Galax, Virginia

Susan Taylor Principal, High Point Elementary

Christen Tonry Principal, Palm Harbor University High

Steve Van Gorden Former Principal, Pasco County School District 

Michael Vigue Principal, Boca Ciega High

Monika Wiley Director, Fine Arts‐Strategic Planning/District ASCS Chair, Clayton County Schools Hampton, GA

[Last modified: Monday, June 3, 2013 9:55am]


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