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Well, he was a superintendent when he wrote the letter

Burke Another day, another oddity in Pinellas County's search for a new school superintendent.

Earlier this week, the district received a resume from candidate No. 20, Joseph P. Burke, who introduced himself as superintendent for the Springfield, Mass., school district. Burke's resume, which accompanied a cover letter dated June 30 on the district's letterhead, indicated that he has been on the job in Springfield from 2001 to the present.

Trouble is, Springfield Public Schools' Web site names someone else as superintendent. A quick search uncovered an April 15 article in Springfield's The Republican which stated Burke's contract with the school district ended June 30. It was not renewed.

An employee in the Springfield school district's human resource office confirmed that the district has a new superintendent, but could not comment on why Burke failed to mention in his application to Pinellas that he no longer was serving the Springfield school district.

According to the Florida Times Union, Burke was a candidate for the superintendent job in Duval County in 2005.

The Pinellas job has attracted several candidates who have had issues in their previous jobs, including a New York City principal who conducted a Santeria ceremony to rid her school of "negative energy;" a Brick Township, N.J., superintendent who is suing his former district; and the one-time Camden, N.J., superintendent who resigned amid a criminal investigation over allegedly falsified test results.

The application period ends Friday.

- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:49am]


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