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Elia not applying for state post



Eliasm_3 Hillsborough Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is not interested in becoming Florida’s next education commissioner. She was thinking about it, after receiving phone calls urging her to consider the open job.

But Elia has decided to stick around Hillsborough.

“I’m committed to Hillsborough County,” Elia told the Gradebook on Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve got some great work going on with the School Board and all of our schools and all of our employees.”

Elia, 58, was named Hillsborough’s first female superintendent two years ago. She has spent 21 years in the system, starting as a school reading resource specialist.

Now that she's ruled her name out, we have to wonder what dark horse candidates will get in before Friday's application deadline. Check in for the latest twists and turns, or follow the progress yourself through the state's application website.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:19am]


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