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Who exactly is John Stewart, anyway?



bilde.jpegDon't feel alone if you instantly thought The Daily Show when you heard the name of the guy Pinellas School Board members were tossing around to be their interim superintendent.

John Stewart the Florida educator spent just three years in the Pinellas school system, and that was nearly a decade ago.

What else has he done to qualify him for the job?

He served three full terms as Polk County superintendent after being named to replace a superintendent who died in 1983. He didn't seek a fourth term in 1996, taking a hospital job instead and stating he believed the position should be appointed rather than elected, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

In 1998 became deputy commissioner at the Florida Department of Education, a post he held until 2000, when he joined the Pinellas school district as a deputy superintendent. In 2003 he left to work for the Florida High Schools Athletic Association, becoming executive director in 2004, a post he held until retirement in 2009.

Some Polk leaders still have good things to say about Stewart. Whether he gets the interim job in Pinellas remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:05am]


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