The Pinellas School Board has scheduled a special meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss what to do now that its first choice for superintendent took a job with Miami-Dade schools. The board can choose from the two remaining finalists -- or not.
Just as board members are split over which finalist they like, they are not of one mind about the next step. Some are ready to select a superintendent Tuesday while others say it's best to wait. The problem is that board members Jane Gallucci and Linda Lerner are out of town and will be attending the meeting by phone. Those who want to wait say there's no big rush and that a decision of this magnitude deserves a setting where all seven board members are present.
The choice is between Nicholas Gledich (right), chief operations officer for Orange County schools, and Julie Janssen (left), Pinellas' interim superintendent. The board's first choice, Alberto Carvalho, on Friday accepted the superintendent's job in his home district, Miami-Dade.
Board members Mary Brown, Linda Lerner and Peggy O'Shea remain strong Janssen supporters. Board member Jane Gallucci has said Gledich is her choice now that Carvalho is gone. Board member Janet Clark also seemed to be in Gledich's corner on Friday, but was having second thoughts Monday.
"One day I feel this way, one day I feel another way," Clark said. "They both have similar qualities."
She has doubts, she said, about Janssen's limited experience at the top of the district hierarchy and about her vision for the district. "I just would like to know what she's going to do differently," Clark said. Board members Carol Cook and Nancy Bostock made similar comments last week before voting for Carvalho, but both have declined to talk publicly about their second choice.
The special meeting will be televised live on the district's television station, WPDS-TV14. The public also can view the meeting live at this link.