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Superintendent of what? Pinellas' top schools job draws mistaken applicants

Robert A. Enger looks great on paper.

As a Florida superintendent, he has overseen multimillion-dollar budgets, built schools and managed hundreds of employees.

Makes sense that he'd apply for Pinellas County school superintendent, right?

"No! No!" he said Tuesday, shocked to hear that he had applied for the county's top public education job. "It was construction superintendent!"

He's not the only one who made the mistake. As of Tuesday, three of six applications to run the 17,000-employee school district were construction superintendents who applied through the online job site Monster.com.

"You've got to put 'school superintendent,' " said Frank Arroyo, a former construction superintendent with McCorkle Construction Co., who laughed when he learned from the Tampa Bay Times that his search for "superintendent" jobs on the online site resulted in his applying for the educational post. "But, heck, I learn quick!"

Pinellas County School Board chairwoman Robin Wikle said Tuesday that at first she was puzzled by the resumes, which started trickling in this week.

Though the board wrote a job description to attract those from business and other non-traditional backgrounds, something about the construction industry applicants gave Wikle pause.

"I was thinking, 'Wow, the economy is really sad — and good for them if they think they can do it!' " she said. "Maybe we need to look at what we have on Monster.com."

Monster.com, which has an advertising partnership with the Tampa Bay Times, lets job seekers search postings using keywords and locations.

Candidates have until July 2 to apply for the $225,000 to $275,000 job.

Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at (727) 893-8707 or rcatalanello@tampabay.com.

Superintendent of what? Pinellas' top schools job draws mistaken applicants 05/08/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:49pm]
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