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So long

Wilcoxpix2_2 Pinellas Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, left, e-mailed this short goodbye to all district employees this morning:

"Thank you for the honor of serving the children and young people of Pinellas County with you. I am proud of our efforts and grateful to each of you for your support of "our" kids and their families.
"I wish each and every one of you only the best of what life has to offer."

Wilcox's last official work day is Tuesday, but he is taking vacation time until then. He begins a job soon with New York-based Scholastic Corp. Interim superintendent Julie Janssen has the keys to the district for the time being.

And because you were planning your summer vacation around the superintendent search, The Gradebook brings you the schedule for finding Wilcox's successor.

July 11: Deadline for applications.
July 14-25: Background checks of the top 10 applicants are conducted by Wayne Blanton, executive director of the Florida School Boards Association and the district's search consultant.
July 28: School Board and Blanton meet to select five finalists.
Aug. 27-29: Candidates visit Pinellas to interview with board members.

The board may schedule visits to the workplace and home city of one or more finalists. A final selection may come in late September or early October

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:45am]


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