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Former Pinellas superintendent Wilcox lands new job in Charlotte

Clayton Wilcox, left, works with School Board members on a new student assignment plan in 2007.
Published Dec. 14, 2016

The Charlotte Observer reports today that Clayton Wilcox, the former Pinellas County school superintedent, has landed his biggest job yet in education -- this time as the leader of the nation's 18th-largest school sytem. Wilcox has been hired as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

He served as Pinellas superintendent from 2004 to 2008, becoming a change agent in the wake of Howard Hinesley's 14-year run as the district's leader. Many found Wilcox's candid style refreshing, a much-needed jolt for a district that had lost its mojo. But others saw him as arrogant and said he pushed too hard, too fast. When he left the district for a top job with Scholastic, he had three years left on his contract. Before taking the Charlotte job, he headed Washington County Public Schools in Hagerstown, Md., a much smaller district with 22,000 students.

The Observer reports that Wilcox will take the helm of a district with "more than 147,000 students, a work force that tops 18,000 and a $1.4 billion annual operating budget. He'll step in as the district launches a new diversity-driven magnet lottery, gears up a review of neighborhood school boundaries and prepares for a 2017 school bond campaign."

Read the entire report here.

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