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Input sought on superintendent

The Pinellas County School Board, in search of a replacement for theretiring Scott Rose, has set up a process it hopes will provide a profile of the perfect superintendent.

The first step of the process will be a public hearing at 7 p.m. March 5. The board is looking for public input on how to search for a new superintendent and what qualities that person should have.

The board also will be sending letters next week inviting special interest groups to the public meeting.

As a second step, the board has scheduled a retreat March 7 to sort through the comments and come up with its own qualifications list.

Members will set a selection process at their regular meeting March 14.

Rose, superintendent for almost nine years, plans to retire later this year.

Also Wednesday, the board: Rejected a proposal to no longer pay the salary of the director of the Pinellas Education Foundation, which raises money to enhance school programs.

The foundation's board asked to take over paying the director.

Board member Bert Blomquist said he worried that if problems came up with the foundation the board would be held responsible by the public, but it would have no control over the director because it wasn't paying his salary.

Approved a pilot program that creates a separate "school within a school" for gifted elementary pupils. Currently, gifted pupils are pulled from their normal classes one day a week.

Changed summer school to offer courses that allow students to work ahead. In the past, summer school has concentrated on remedial and makeup classes. Those still will be offered.

Summer school will be extended by three days so the work-ahead classes can be offered. It will begin June 19 and conclude July 26.