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Contract negotiations with Grego to continue Wednesday



The Pinellas County School Board still is negotiating with Mike Grego, its top pick for superintendent.

Board Chairwoman Robin Wikle and board attorney David Koperski, who are negotiating on behalf of the board, are expected to meet with Grego and his attorney at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the hope of having a contract come out of the meeting. Board members have been planning on approving the contract Tuesday during their regular board meeting.

"We hope to have something completed from our meeting tomorrow," Koperski said.

Board members got an update on contract negotiations during its workshop meeting Tuesday. Koperski and Wikle didn't go into detail about what could be in the contract. But Koperski did say there had been some discussion about merit pay for the new superintendent.

The concept didn't get a warm reception from board members, many of whom said they weren't sure if they were comfortable with merit pay or didn't know enough about what it might entail to make a decision.

Only board member Glenton Gilzean spoke in favor of merit pay for the superintendent. But he said he would want more details about it.

Grego, who attended the board workshop Tuesday, said he opposes merit pay for superintendents. He said his comments - coming outside of the private negotiations - were a little "unorthodox," but he wanted the board to know he wouldn't accept merit pay. He said he would only accept the same raise as that received by teachers.

"As the teachers go, I will go," he said.

Koperski and Wikle reviewed superintendent contracts from other big school districts to get an idea of what's standard. (Not just for merit pay.) Several other school districts, including Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, have included pay incentives for superintendents.  

Board members requested that superintendent John Stewart call a special meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the contract if it includes merit pay. The regular meeting is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:28pm]


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