Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former Hillsborough superintendent to mediate Pinellas tiff

Earl Lennard retired in 2005 after nine years as Hillsborough school superinten-dent.

Earl Lennard retired in 2005 after nine years as Hillsborough school superinten-dent.

Earl Lennard, the former Hillsborough school superintendent, will mediate an ongoing conflict between two of Pinellas County's top education officials.

The dispute between Pinellas superintendent Clayton Wilcox and School Board attorney Jim Robinson came to light recently in an e-mail exchange that Robinson made public. The School Board this week directed the two men to find a facilitator to work out their differences at no cost to the district.

"Pinellas County's a good school district, and I'm very pleased and happy that I would be considered, and I'm very pleased that I could be of help," Lennard said late Friday. "The attorney and the superintendent are not only important, they're crucial in the smooth operations of the school district."

Lennard led Hillsborough schools for nine years as superintendent, but his career spanned more than 40 years. He worked as a teacher and administrator. He shepherded the district through record enrollment growth, the end of court-ordered desegregation and the early years of Florida's high-stakes accountability movement. He retired in 2005.

Last year, he made an unsuccessful bid to become the state's new education commissioner.

His name was among five suggested by Laurie Dart, the district's staff attorney. Robinson narrowed the list and allowed Wilcox to make the final pick.

Lennard said he has never worked formally as a mediator but mediated conflicts among employees and community groups as superintendent.

Robinson called Lennard "a man of distinction and considerable experience, and I'm certain he will bring that experience to the table." He added, "His knowledge of the role of the superintendent and school board attorney I think will be invaluable to the process."

Lennard said he knows Wilcox as a colleague but not socially. He does not know Robinson.

"We'll draw on the strengths of both of them," Lennard said.

Former Hillsborough superintendent to mediate Pinellas tiff 02/29/08 [Last modified: Friday, February 29, 2008 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies on Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre put Texas ahead 4-3 when he scored after two wild pitches.
  2. Rowdies shut out Charleston


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.
  3. 13-year-old Janessa's father holds memorial service at Rogers Middle School


    RIVERVIEW — About 100 people sat in the tile-floored multipurpose room Saturday at Rodgers Middle School where Janessa Shannon once sat as a student.

    A mourner embraces Nahshon Shannon after the memorial service for Nahshon’s daughter, Janessa, Saturday at Rodgers Middle School in Riverview.
  4. Trump: Aircraft carrier a symbol of America's might (w/video)


    NORFOLK, Va. — With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

    President Donald Trump commissions the USS Gerald R. Ford on Saturday in Norfolk, Va.
  5. Kushner discloses additional $10M in assets


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner "inadvertently omitted" more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday.