Grego makes first moves to change Pinellas administration
Superintendent Mike Grego has earned high marks in his first six months on the job. But that was before he made any serious moves to change the hierarchy of the Pinellas County School District.
On Tuesday, Grego told the School Board that he wants to add administrators, hiring a new deputy superintendent and associate superintendent, and upgrading the positions overseeing elementary, middle and high schools.
It’s an interesting move in Pinellas, where a study last year found a top-heavy administration with a culture of competition, confusion and poor communication. (Grego’s own review of the district suggests that oversight of district programs has been lax in certain areas.)
Grego’s plan is to pay for the new hires by phasing out 13 other administrative positions for a total of $893,000 (including benefits.) He told my colleague, Curtis Krueger, that he had no plans to lay off any employees. But it’s unclear if some administrators won’t have their annual contracts renewed. (Or if some administrators will decide to retire.)
Already, the Gradebook has heard from some in the community who view the proposal as another new superintendent adding to the bloated bureaucracy. What do you think? Does Pinellas need to fill the positions? Should other administrators be shown the door or moved into other positions?