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Hillsborough gets some help from corporate world



TAMPA – Some say public schools should be run more like businesses.

For them, some good news: the Hillsborough County school district will gain two corporate types on two-year fellowships this fall, courtesy of the Broad and Bill & Melinda Gates foundations.

The Broad Residency in Urban Education helps experienced corporate executives make the transition to a possible career in  public education. The foundation recruits and selects applicants, who must then interview for positions with districts.

“More than 6,000 American students drop out of high school every day,” the foundation tells applicants on its web site. “Our public schools are failing these young people. You can make a difference through The Broad Residency in Urban Education.”

Coming to Hillsborough this fall are Jamal K. Jenkins, a former human resources executive with Chrysler, who will work as a manager for evaluation and compensation; and Donald Dellavia, a former plant manager for H.J. Heinz Co., who will serve as a manager for performance management. Both will work within the Empowering Effective Teachers project, the district’s seven-year reform effort with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Each will earn an annual salary of around $85,000 to $95,000 plus benefits, for a total compensation of  $111,601.17, with the Gates Foundation paying half the cost. The remainder will be split between the Broad Foundation and Hillsborough’s $100 million Gates grant, according to district documents.

-- Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:08am]


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