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Mike Grego applies to lead Pinellas schools

Published Jun. 21, 2012

mike_grego.jpgMike Grego, the man who successfully steered Florida's request for a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements, has applied to be Pinellas County superintendent.

Grego, a former Hillsborough County assistant superintendent and Osceola County superintendent, served for five months as Florida's interim chancellor for K-12 education and was also charged with handling the NCLB waiver request, which was granted by President Obama earlier this year.

In his application (which you can read below), Grego touts his connections to the Tampa Bay as "my longtime home and will always be home to me, my wife and my children."

He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from University of South Florida in addition to two master's degrees and a bachelor's in technology education from State University of New York at Oswego. Much of his career has been focused in the area of technical and career education.

Grego applied for the Pinellas superintendent spot once before in 2008, but instead took the job with Osceola schools. Grego left his post leading Osceola Schools last year after less than three years following what the Orlando Sentinel reported was a conflict with the school board chairperson. He was also a finalist for Hillsborough's top job in 2005, when MaryEllen Elia was selected.

Grego, who currently resides in St. Cloud, Florida, and is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, joins a host of other applicants for the position, which is being vacated by John Stewart in December.

In addition to Grego, the Pinellas County School Board has received one more application since we last updated you on the search pool.

This one comes from Luis B. Gonzalez, former superintendent of the 1,650-student Central Dauphin School District in Pennsylvania. According to Gonzalez' resume (attached below), he served as superintendent there for there years and has led a number of other small school systems in Texas, Michigan and Indiana, going back to 1992.

Gonzalez holds a doctorate in administration from the University of Texas, according to his resume, and is bilingual.

The deadline for applications is July 2 at 5 p.m. and Pinellas County School Board members expect to narrow the list of finalists to five on July 17, with the input from Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton, who has been hired to help lead the search. The job pays $225,000-$275,000.

When former superintendent and longtime Pinellas County educator Julie Janssen was fired last year after board members questioned her leadership, the board quickly hired Stewart to lead the district through a transitional period until they could find a permanent replacement.

Stewart came out of retirement to assume the role, but has made it clear that he does not want to stay longer than December. Board members hope to hire his replacement in September and arrange a start date to coincide with Stewart's December departure.