Clayton Wilcox still at Scholastic
Rumors have been spreading for the last two weeks that former Pinellas superintendent Clayton Wilcox (left) is no longer working for Scholastic Inc., the global children's book publisher that hired him away from the district over the summer. Principals, teachers, office workers and others in school district circles have called or sidled up to reporters with the juicy tip that Wilcox has been fired. Some have added a related tale that claims Wilcox has gotten a divorce.
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Wilcox told The Gradebook today.
We spoke with the former superintendent days ago when the rumors first surfaced. After they continued to gain strength we contacted him again today. Wilcox was boarding a plane in Boston, having represented Scholastic at a meeting on how education companies could help improve school systems. We also called Scholastic spokeswoman Kyle Good, who confirmed Wilcox is very much employed at the company. "We got a good laugh out of it," she said. Wilcox's title: Vice President for K-12 Education and Corporate Relations.
Wilcox said he's gotten wind of the rumors and suspects they're related to his living situation. Unable to sell his Dunedin home, a common problem these days, he's been commuting to work for the last few months, spending 3 to 4 days a week on the road. His son and daughter still attend Palm Harbor University High and Palm Harbor Middle respectively. He said he and his bosses recently decided that the best course would be to take the house off the market until the spring. From the beginning, he said, the company gave him up to 18 months to relocate to the New York City area, where Scholastic is headquartered.
He said he's loving the work because he's involved in a variety of projects. "It's working out better than I thought it would," he said. And while he wouldn't wish the district's budget woes on anyone, he said, "I'm glad it's not me."