Carvalho declines offer to be Pinellas superintendent; will accept job in Miami
Alberto Carvalho, left, the Miami educator picked to be Pinellas County's next school superintendent, has declined the offer and will accept a competing offer from Miami-Dade schools.
The word came from Pinellas School Board chairperson Nancy Bostock, who sent an e-mail to board members at 10:40 a.m. announcing Carvalho's decision. She also announced plans for a special board meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the next step.
Late Thursday, Carvalho became embroiled in a controversy in Miami over e-mails purporting to show he had a romantic relationship with a Miami Herald reporter in the summer of 2007. Carvalho strongly denied anything other than a professional relationship with the reporter and said the e-mails appeared to be doctored. The reporter, Tania Tania deLuzuriaga, declined to comment when contacted Thursday by the Herald.
As associate superintendent of Miami-Dade, Carvalho ordered an investigation by that district's technology staff.
Carvalho, 43, is married and has a daughter in high school. He has worked for Miami-Dade schools for more than 18 years, starting as a high school science teacher and rising to be the second in command under superintendent Rudy Crew. When the Miami-Dade School Board severed relations with Crew on Wednesday, the board quickly moved to offer the superintendent's job to Carvalho, who at that point had a job offer from Pinellas that was five hours old.
After a "soul-searching" process, he chose his home district.
The e-mail issue did not come up during a short phone conversation between Bostock and Carvalho this morning, Bostock said. However, it would have if Carvalho had accepted the Pinellas job, she said. "I do think that, had we been in contract negotiations, that is something that we would have had to resolve," she said. She described Carvalho as polite and diplomatic during the conversation. She said he told her he was "looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve Miami."
Bostock, right, said the two remaining finalists in the Pinellas superintendent search said in phone calls this morning that they were still interested in the job. They are Nicholas M. Gledich, chief operations officer for Orange County schools, and Pinellas interim superintendent Julie Janssen.
How the board will proceed in Tuesday's meeting is anyone's guess. Bostock said she hoped the board would continue the process and choose between the remaining finalists. "We're in very good shape in Pinellas because we have two excellent candidates," Bostock said. While the public process may have unfolded dramatically, she said, "this is not unusual in the business world."
Board member Mary Brown had a different thought on Tuesday's meeting. If the seven-member board can't agree to hire Janssen, she said the board should leave the choice of a new superintendent up to the new board, which will be seated after the Nov. 4 election. That board will have at least two new members and possibly a third.
"We are really not together," Brown said of the current board. "I feel too much has gone down."