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Superintendent hunt loses another

LARGO — The list of finalists to be Pinellas County's next school superintendent is down to four.

Barbara M. Jenkins, chief of staff with Orange County schools in Orlando, notified the School Board on Tuesday that she was withdrawing her name from contention. She said in a letter that the timing of a potential move to Pinellas would not be good for her family and that Orange officials had asked her to stay.

"In the end I was intensely drawn to the success and future potential here in (Orange County Public Schools) and committed to remain a part of this high-performing team," Jenkins wrote.

Her exit leaves four candidates: Alberto M. Carvalho, an associate superintendent from Miami-Dade schools; Nicholas M. Gledich, chief operations officer for Orange County schools; Julie Janssen, the interim Pinellas superintendent; and Sherrie Nickell, an associate superintendent for Polk County schools.

The finalists are scheduled to be interviewed by the School Board on Aug. 27 and 28.

The rest of the selection process will go as follows:

Sept. 2: School Board workshop to discuss the initial interviews; special board meeting to select candidates who will be invited back for a second interview.

Sept. 8: Second interviews with returning candidates followed by public sessions featuring those candidates.

Sept. 9: Regular School Board meeting inviting public input on the candidates.

Sept. 10: School Board workshop to discuss Sept. 8 interviews; meetings to narrow the list further and discuss possible visits to finalists' districts.

Sept. 22: School Board workshop to discuss selection of the final candidate.

Sept. 23: Regular School Board meeting to vote on the new superintendent.

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

Superintendent hunt loses another 08/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2008 7:28pm]
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