DOE: Pinellas should have a full-time chief turnaround officer
As Pinellas school board members wrestle with the need for a full-time "chief turnaround officer" to oversee the district's most struggling schools, the state Department of Education is recommending that the district get one. A DOE attorney wrote this Friday, in response to an inquiry from Pinellas board attorney Jim Robinson about whether such a position was required:
"The Department’s rule only specifies that a turn-around officer must be identified," assistant general counsel Mari M. "Miki" Presley wrote to Robinson. "The rule does not specifically require a dedicated, full-time position for this role, and the decision as to whether the identified person’s role as turn-around officer will be full-time or in addition to other responsibilities will vary according to the needs of the district. For example, a very small district with only one school may not need a dedicated, full-time turn-around officer. On the other hand, larger districts with more extensive needs, such as Pinellas, could benefit from a dedicated, full-time turn-around officer and, for them, the Department would recommend a dedicated position."