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School district leaders talk about collaboration



Joiningforces_2 Leaders from the Hillsborough and Pasco school districts have started talking about how they -- along with district officials from Hernando, Pinellas, Manatee, Polk and Sarasota -- might pool their resources to better advocate for education issues on a regional and state basis.

Superintendents MaryEllen Elia and Heather Fiorentino and board members Jennifer Faliero and Kathryn Starkey got together for a lunch meeting late last week to discuss ideas such as closer relationships with the business community and improved ways to promote good news.

"We're looking at a seven-district council with a school board member from each," Starkey told the Gradebook, calling the initial meeting a positive first step.

Faliero agreed, calling the conversation "really great" and adding, "We're going to continue these." She said she knew a board member in Pinellas who might also want to start more regional collaborations.

At the same time, Hillsborough district spokesman Steve Hegarty told the Gradebook, while Elia is interested in the concept, dealing with the state's budget crisis is the current priority.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:12am]


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