Grego highlights accomplishments in State of Education
Summer wasn't a slow time for the Pinellas County School District.
More than 9,000 students were in school over the summer - they were enrolled in summer school, pre-kindergarten classes, credit recovery, and enrichment camps. Thousands of teachers were trained, as were district and school administrators.
“It is my motto with staff that you build a championship team in the off season,” superintendent Mike Grego told about 200 people who attended the “superintendent’s roundtable” today at the Stavros Institute in Largo.
Grego presented a brief State of Education speech, emphasizing the accomplishments of the past year.
These were among the highlights: Elementary schools are getting science labs, starting with 14 and building to more than 70; every school now offers classes for gifted students; a summer program for top seventh graders enrolled about 300 students. It will “close to double” enrollment this year; and more than 20 businesses are working with schools through the Executive PASS program.
After his remarks, Grego participated in a panel discussion, including St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, School Board Chairwoman Carol Cook, U.S. Congressman Gus Bilirakis, R-Fl, and State Representative Larry Ahern, R-St. Petersburg.
Panelists were asked about the Common Core State Standards, career education and St. Pete's Promise.