Pinellas school board wants Grego for superintendent
It took just a half hour Tuesday for the Pinellas County School Board to select Mike Grego as the next superintendent. It’s not official, of course, but no board member wanted a second round of interviews or favored another candidate.
Board members praised Grego as experienced, passionate, prepared and having a proven track record. They also said he had integrity. Grego served as superintendent of Osceola County Schools and was a long-time administrator in Hillsborough County Schools.
Other finalists included Constance Jones, chief academic officer in Lee County Schools, and Christian Cutter, an assistant superintendent in a Colorado school district.
"Dr. Grego was definitely the candidate for me," said board member Terry Krassner, who noted that she previously hadn’t favored interviewing any of the three finalists for the position.
"I wasn’t expecting to be convinced, but I was totally convinced," she said.
Board chairwoman Robin Wikle said she went into her one-on-one interview with Grego thinking he was the safe choice. She said she left the interview feeling "excited" and a "sense of urgency."
Board member Linda Lerner said Grego "far surpassed" what the board was looking for.
The board likely will invite Grego to a community meet-and-greet in early September before starting formal contract negotiations. A contract could be approved during the Sept. 25 board meeting.
Superintendent John Stewart, who has been serving in an interim capacity, said he would be willing to step aside at any time.