Leadership turmoil in Pinellas comes at tough time
The Pinellas County school system is headed into a seventh straight year of budget cuts. It's rolling out an earth-shaking change to teacher evaluations. And amid a sour economy and mad-as-heck voters, it will have to help persuade people to renew a tax referendum that puts an average of $3,000 into the pocket of every teacher. The challenges would test the leadership of the steadiest of districts.
But embattled Pinellas Superintendent Julie Janssen indicated this week she may not have her job much longer, while board members seemed to be pressing for a decision on her future in less than two weeks. If Janssen goes, the district would likely have an interim chief for months while it looked for a replacement. Given the looming high-stakes issues, Pinellas' leadership tussles couldn't come at a dicier time. Story here.