Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pinellas school officials may tap deputy superintendent to serve as interim chief

Pinellas deputy school superintendent Julie Janssen has removed herself from the list of candidates to replace outgoing superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

But the move may open the way for Janssen to serve as interim superintendent while the board looks for a permanent replacement.

Her gesture removes the School Board from a potentially awkward situation. The board wants to conduct a national superintendent search but some members fear candidates would hesitate to apply if they perceived that the interim superintendent had an inside track on the job.

The problem: Janssen is one of the obvious choices to be interim superintendent but she also wanted to be the permanent replacement — until this week. With Janssen's blessing, Wilcox informed board members that she would not vie for the permanent job and would, if asked, serve as the interim.

She said Wednesday she did not want the district to miss a beat during the transition.

"In my book, she's a hero," said School Board member Jane Gallucci.

"That's really selfless of her," said board member Janet Clark.

The move does not guarantee Janssen the job, but most board members indicated she had a good chance.

Board chairwoman Nancy Bostock said it would put the district in "a very good position" by ensuring a smooth transition and a broad pool of candidates.

"I think she would make a good interim," board member Mary Brown said.

"I could vote for her," said board member Linda Lerner.

The board meets in a workshop today to discuss the search.

Janssen has been a deputy under Wilcox since 2006. She previously was principal at St. Petersburg and Countryside high schools. Wilcox is leaving in early June to work for Scholastic Corp.

Thomas C. Tobin can be reached at or (727) 893-8923.

Pinellas school officials may tap deputy superintendent to serve as interim chief 04/30/08 [Last modified: Sunday, May 4, 2008 11:49am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Florida education news: Makeup days, accountability, charter schools and more


    MAKEUP DAYS: The Pasco County school district alters the daily schedule of 11 schools to make up teaching time missed because of Hurricane Irma, avoiding the …

    With students back in school after Hurricane Irma, schools across Florida begin scheduling makeup days for missed classroom time.
  2. How visiting a scenic Cuban resort can help save green sea turtles


    The Florida Aquarium has been collaborating with Cuba's National Aquarium since 2015 to help save coral dying throughout Caribbean waters.

    The beaches of Cuba's Cayo Largo are home to a large population of green sea turtle nests. The Florida Aquarium will lead eco-tours of Cayo Largo next year that will help protect the turtles and fund research.  [Avalon Outdoor]
  3. Photo of the Day for September 22, 2017 - Willets taking flight

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Dan Cleary of Madeira Beach, FL.

  4. Why a true freshman quarterback doesn't kill FSU's title hopes


    Florida State's James Blackman will make history Saturday when the No. 12 Seminoles host North Carolina State in their first game after Hurricane Irma.

    Florida State quarterback James Blackman warms up before a game against Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. When Florida State's Deandre Francois, Georgia's Jacob Eason and Texas A&M's Nick Starkel all got hurt in their respective season openers, true freshmen ended up taking over the rest of the way.  (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  5. Puerto Rico could face months without electricity after Hurricane Maria (w/video)


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico sought to recover from the storm's devastation.

    A pregnant woman carries empty plastic bottles to collect water a day after the impact of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Thursday, September 21, 2017. As of Thursday evening, Maria was moving off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic with winds of 120 mph (195 kph). The storm was expected to approach the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas late Thursday and early Friday. [Associated Press]