Janssen to be interim Pinellas schools chief; district's first female superintendent
Dr. Julie Janssen, deputy superintendent and chief academic officer talks with reporters after Pinellas County School Board members put an item to have her appointed interim superintendent on the agenda for the May 13 meeting. [ATOYIA DEANS | Times]
The Pinellas School Board informally agreed in a workshop today to appoint deputy superintendent Julie Janssen as the interim replacement for outgoing superintendent Clayton Wilcox. The board will make the decision official in a formal vote May 13. Janssen, 59, will be the first female superintendent in Pinellas history. Several district staffers and board members congratulated her with hugs after the meeting.
The seven-member board remained split on the separate question of whether Janssen would be allowed to apply to be Wilcox's permanent replacement. The board will conduct a national superintendent search. Three board members said some candidates would be scared away if an inside candidate competed for the job. Three others said they wanted a full range of candidates, including Janssen and others within the district. Board member Janet Clark was the only board member not to take a position.
Janssen was born in Belize but raised in Pinellas County, graduating from Boca Ciega High in 1966. Wilcox, who is leaving for a job with Scholastic Corp., appointed her as his top deputy in 2006. She previously was principal at St. Petersburg High and Countryside High.