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Pinellas teachers union names new executive director

After a lengthy nationwide search, the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association has selected a heavy-hitter from the Florida Education Association as its new executive director.

Marshall Ogletree, a lobbyist for the FEA who has worked in Florida education for 29 years, will replace former executive director Jade Moore, who died in December after serving the union for 34 years.

A former Pinellas classroom teacher and longtime union supporter, Ogletree said he’s excited to be “coming home.”

“I’m looking forward to building a collaborative relationship with the superintendent and School Board members, but at the same time advocating for teachers and support staff because these are tough times,” Ogletree said.

Union president Kim Black said Ogletree has the skill set that union members said they wanted to see in their next director.

“We are very fortunate to have him as we face the challenges ahead,” Black said.

Ogletree starts work on June 15.

Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]

    

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