Janssen submits application for superintendent
With the deadline for submitting applications for the job of Pinellas school superintendent looming – resumes must be postmarked by midnight tonight – the administrator who has been filling the position temporarily has become candidate No. 28.
Julie Janssen submitted a four-page resume to the School Board office just after 2 p.m. this afternoon.
In a two-page cover letter, Janssen wrote: "Meeting the ever-changing educational needs of today’s students requires a visionary and innovative leader who, together with the leadership teams, can move the district forward to meet our goal of providing the best educational experience for students.
"As a trusted and respected educator with extensive school and district-level leadership experience in a large urban school district, I am uniquely qualified to successfully meet the challenges that lie ahead and build on our assets."
Five letters of recommendation accompanied Janssen’s application. They came from Jade Moore, executive director of the teachers union; Gus Stavros, chairman emeritus of the Pinellas Education Foundation; former Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst; St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker; and Goliath Davis, deputy Mayor for Midtown economic development.
Competition for the superintendent job heated up earlier today with the arrival of resumes from Barbara M. Jenkins, chief of staff for Orange County Public Schools, and Alberto M. Carvalho, associate superintendent for Miami-Dade Public Schools.
Jenkins touts 24 years’ experience, including six as a teacher and assistant principal in Orange County before transferring to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District as assistant superintendent for human resources. She came back to Orange County two years ago to oversee strategic planning for the district’s 175,000 students.
Carvalho, who began his career as a science teacher, serves as adviser to Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew on issues such as community relations, budgeting and legislative affairs. He is responsible for a $6-billion annual budget in the nation’s fourth-largest school district and oversees Miami-Dade’s compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
- Donna Winchester, Times education reporter