Grego names new area superintendent, executive directors
Superintendent Mike Grego has named a new area superintendent and three executive directors for elementary, middle and high school education, rounding out the top administrative ranks in Pinellas County Schools.
Robert Poth, principal of East Lake High, has been appointed area superintendent. Sandra Downes, principal of Eisenhower Elementary, will be the new executive director of elementary education. Dywayne Hinds, Sr., principal of Westside K-8 School in Osceola County, will be the new executive director of middle school. And Rita Vasquez, director of secondary education, will be the executive director of high school education.
As we reported last month, Grego has made a few big changes to the top leadership of the school district. He promoted William Corbett to deputy superintendent from area superintendent. He named a new head of curriculum. And he eliminated a handful of positions in order to add back the deputy and upgrade director positions.
The appointments will go to the School Board Tuesday. By law, board members are expected to approve them unless the job candidate is unqualified. See the agenda here.
Poth has worked for Pinellas County Schools since 1983, becoming principal of East Lake High in 2009. Downes has worked for Pinellas County Schools since 1975 and became principal of Eisenhower Elementary in 2004. Vasquez has been with the school system since 1993 and was named director of secondary education in 2012.
Hinds, the only appointee from outside Pinellas, worked in Hillsborough and Osceola counties at the same time as Grego. Hinds started in Hillsborough in 1998, working as a special education teacher, special education department head, lead teacher, and assistant principal for curriculum. He became a principal in Osceola in 2009. He became principal of Westside K-8 School in Osceola this year.
Grego spent most of his career in Hillsborough, with his last role as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. He held that job from November 2002 to June 2008. He became superintendent of Osecola County Schools in July 2008, leaving in June 2011. He's been superintendent in Pinellas for about eight months.