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Compare Duval superintendent candidates to Pinellas



Members of the Pinellas County School Board haven't exactly been brimming with enthusiasm about the results of their superintendent search, as my colleague, Rebecca Catalanello, reported here. But they are committed to continuing with the process, which involves interviewing three finalists on Wednesday. More about those finalists here

Members of the community, including leaders of the Pinellas Education Foundation, had advocated for a national search done by a professional recruiting firm. As a matter of comparison, it might be interesting to see what happened in Duval County Schools, which did exactly that type of search. The Duval board named five semi-finalists last week. 

According to the Florida Times-Union, the five people are: 

Kriner Cash, superintendent of Memphis City Schools

Kathryn LeRoy, chief academic officer of Duval Schools

William Miller, executive director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators

Dale Robbins, retired assistant superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools

Nikolai Vitti, chief of academics for Miami-Dade Schools

See that newspaper's story here.

Two of the semi-finalists listed above also applied for the Pinellas opening - LeRoy and Miller - but neither made the final cut. Cash, as the Times Union story mentions, once worked in Miami-Dade Schools. Vitti worked for the state Department of Education and was head of the differentiated accountability system, which was an effort to combine the state's FCAT-based testing system with the federal No Child Left Behind system.

So, what do you think? Did Duval do any better than Pinellas in finding superintendent candidates?

[Last modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 1:44pm]


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