Pinellas board picks school board attorney
David Koperski, who has worked for the Pinellas County School Board for about seven years, was thought by many to be a shoe-in for school board attorney.
Apparently, they were right.
Board members decided Monday not to interview candidates for the position, saying Koperski’s experience was better than any other applicant. Ron Ciranna, head of human resources, told board members that only two of 22 applicants had both the preferred and required qualifications.
The top candidates were Koperski and Joseph Miniclier, a lawyer from Melbourne whose firm has represented a city, port authority and school board.
Board member Glen Gilzean asked if the board did the best job of recruiting qualified candidates. Jim Robinson, the board’s outgoing attorney, said other school board lawyers didn’t go for the job because Koperski was applying and he “is as good as he is.”
Robin Wikle, board chairwoman, pressed the board to do its “due diligence” and really discuss the candidates.
“Give me some more red flags,” she said.
Board member Janet Clark said she was in favor of interviewing both candidates.
“I can’t draw a conclusion by looking at a piece of paper,” she said.
Other board members thought it would be unfair when it seemed clear that a majority of them preferred Koperski.
Peggy O’Shea said even if she didn’t know Koperski he “still came out the strongest.”
Superintendent John Stewart will bring an item to the June 12 board meeting to negotiate a contract with Koperski.