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Janssen gets high marks from six of seven School Board members



Thumbs up As the St. Petersburg Times reported in this story yesterday, Pinellas School superintendent Julie Janssen got mostly thumbs up in her first evaluation from the Pinellas County School Board. You can see the member-by-member ratings – along with comments from five of seven members (Janet Clark and Nina Hayden did not submit written comments) – here

The board rated Janssen in nine areas, using a 1-5 scale. As the Timesstory noted, only Clark rated Janssen below average, with seven 2s. Here’s a sampling of what board members wrote:

Linda Lerner: “Dr. Janssen, who has faced many challenges in her first year as superintendent, demonstrated her ability and motivation to build on our District’s strengths while recognizing the compelling need for improvements. She needs to research and get more definitive information from similar Districts who are getting better student achievement results than Pinellas.”

Robin Wikle: “You are doing an amazing job with our district, and I only hope to be of support, assistance and guidance over the next year.”

Mary Brown: Under the labor relations category, she wrote, “Dr. Janssen has been fighting fires every since she became superintendent. She has show leadership, professionalism, patience, flexibility and a strong sense of purpose and commitment to do what was best for children. She has worked with the union in a professional manner in spite of their many disagreements.”

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