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Pinellas workshop roundup: Evaluating superintendent Grego, overage students, discipline updates and more



Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego's streak of earning high marks on his annual evaluations continues after School Board members sent in their score cards this week. 

Board members gave Grego perfect scores in the areas of using resources efficiently, providing quality technology and business services, impact/report and integrity. Board member Rene Flowers was the most critical, giving Grego a satisfactory rating in the student achievement category for not making gains in Melrose and Campbell Park elementary schools, and chairwoman Peggy O'Shea and board members Linda Lerner and Ken Peluso gave Grego perfect marks across the board.

Grego is most likely up for a pay raise, which will be one of many topics discussed at Tuesday's School Board workshop.

The district will also take a look at its overage students, who are considered "at-risk" if they are academically behind by at least two years and scored a 1 on their most recent Florida Standards Assessment English language arts exam. There are 1,267 of these students in the district (1.25 percent of total enrollment), and officials have plans to help bring these students, including those who are exceptional, up to speed at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

While the total number of out-of-school suspensions is on the decline, the discipline disparity between black and non-black students still remains. Data comparing suspensions from August to September 2015 and August to September 2016 shows the percentage of suspensions given to minority students, particularly those who are black and Hispanic, increased while the suspension rate for white students dropped. Officials will also give updates on the district's restorative justice practices.

Board members will also talk about their legislative platform, community input on how to close the achievement gap and gifted services for all students. Check out the full agenda and materials here.

If you go: The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. at district headquarters, 301 Fourth St SW in Largo. 

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2016 6:20pm]


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