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So far, seven want job as Pinellas superintendent

Applications are starting to trickle in from educators who want to be Pinellas County's next school superintendent.

Resumes from seven candidates have arrived at district headquarters over the past two weeks. They came from two people who work as consultants, an independent contractor, a university administrator, an assistant superintendent from Ohio, a North Carolina principal and a top official in the Milwaukee school system.

Only one works in Florida.

More applications should be on the way soon, said Wayne Blanton, executive director of the Florida School Boards Association, which is conducting the district's superintendent search.

Blanton said he expects an additional 25 to 30 people to apply by the July 11 deadline.

"I'm getting some good calls from some good people," Blanton said.

One of the callers is a South Florida school administrator who formerly worked in Ohio, Blanton said. Another, he said, is a sitting superintendent in Massachusetts.

He said Florida's open records law keeps many candidates from applying until the last minute.

Blanton will meet with the School Board on July 28 to select five finalists who will be invited to visit Pinellas in late August.

The board hopes to find a replacement by this fall for former superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who left June 3 to take a job with Scholastic Corp. Two other Florida school districts, Osceola and Lake counties, each drew about 40 applicants in recent superintendent searches.

In order of when their resumes were received, the first seven Pinellas candidates are:

• John H. Pertner of Key West, an independent contractor for the Monroe County school system's accountability and assessment department. He previously was principal at Marathon High School in Marathon.

• John R. Phillips of Isle of Palms, S.C., the interim dean of Claflin University School of Education. He previously directed an office that focused on school reform for Atlanta public schools.

• Henry J. Hastings of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., an education consultant and policy adviser who previously worked as a lawyer and was in the real estate and development business.

• Rebecca S. Lowry of Dayton, Ohio, an assistant superintendent for student support services with Dayton schools. She previously was chief academic officer for the Cleveland school system.

• Michael P. Livovich Jr. of Crown Point, Ind., an education consultant who previously was superintendent for Hanover (Indiana) Community School Corp.

• Roy L. Higgins of Matthews, N.C., a principal in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. He heads the Right Choices Boot Camp program and the Alternative to Long-term Suspension School. He previously was a district hearing officer for student due process hearings.

• Aquine Jackson of Milwaukee, chief academic officer for that city's public school system. He previously directed Milwaukee's Office of Neighborhood Schools.

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

So far, seven want job as Pinellas superintendent 06/16/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:08am]
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