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Legal office shake-up among Stewart's reorg proposals



It's really hard for us to write about the different pieces at play in the proposed Pinellas County district administration reorganization without worrying we're going to put everyone to sleep...including, quite possibly, us.

Suffice it to say, superintendent John Stewart appears to agree with a lot of what was written in the Florida Association of District School Superintendents' audit that he commissioned in an effort to help it run better.

But according materials released in preparation for Stewart's conversation with the school board today, there's plenty he doesn't agree with too.

Here are a few of the changes and recommendations Stewart is expected to talk about during today's 2 p.m. workshop:

- Though FADSS gave a glowing review of the district's legal services division led by Jim Robinson, who the report called "highly respected in Florida," Stewart is asking board members to have one of the two associate counsels, David Koperski or Laurie Dart, to report directly to the superintendent. This isn't the first time a Pinellas superintendent has sought a change in the legal division structure. The last time it came up under then-superintendent Julie Janssen's administration, Robinson made it clear he opposed such a move. (It was a difference of opinion that contributed to a documented rift between Robinson and Janssen.) We should note that last week Robinson, who has publicly praised Stewart's leadership, abruptly annouced his plans to resign in August, a little more than a year shy of his contract end-date.

- FADSS approved of the recent reorganization in the district's communications office. But Stewart's proposal indicates he's got even more change in the works, specifically in the area of TV operations, where he's "reviewing job descriptions and resources" dedicated to that department, according to the documents.

- He isn't on board with having one principal from each level -- elementary, middle and high -- serve on his cabinet, as FADSS proposed.

- Stewart would rather not move the district's Management Information Systems Division under a new Operational Services Division, as FADSS recommended. Instead, he wants the assistant superintendent of MIS to report directly to him.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:43am]


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