Pinellas considers district accreditation
Superintendent Mike Grego plans to pitch the Pinellas County School Board Tuesday on district-wide accreditation.
Accreditation, done by AdvancED (known to most people as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), gives the district objective feedback about its strengths and weaknesses. The process, which can take several years, provides a national model for Pinellas to follow.
It also might clean up some of the problems in Pinellas. Last year, a study done by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents found that schools weren’t receiving enough support from the district. The administration was top-heavy, communicated poorly, and administrators were working in silos.
Accreditation forces alignment. Grego doesn’t like the word “force.” He told the Gradebook last week that the process “puts a microscope” on how district administrators are supporting schools.
“I think it’s a great process for district reflection,” he said.
The process also can be a lot of work for district administrators and schools. It should be interesting to see if the School Board thinks it’s a good idea or if it’s too much to take on right now. Board members will discuss it at a workshop Tuesday.