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Hillsborough: You have four more days to tell consultants what you want in a schools superintendent

Two more public meetings are planned, and the online survey is up until Saturday.
Jeff Eakins and MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough's last two superintendents, were hired from inside the school system. So have all others since 1967. [TIMES FILES] [Times staff]
Published Sep. 18
Updated Sep. 18

TAMPA — A three-member team from Ray and Associates has been making the rounds this week, gathering public opinion that will guide them in hiring the next superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Attendance was very sparse at an advertised public meeting Wednesday at Jefferson High School. With the exception of school district officials, translators and journalists, there were only about a half dozen participants, including representatives of nonprofit organizations.

Two more meetings are planned: This evening at 6:30 p.m. at Gaither High School, and Thursday, also 6:30 p.m., at Middleton High School.

The consultants are hoping to learn more through a web-based survey that so far has attracted about 1,000 responses. You can find the survey here. It is live until 8 p.m. on Sunday.

They also have met with numerous special interest groups including MacDill Air Force Base, employee unions, religious leaders and chambers of commerce.

On March 2, the consultants will present the findings of all this research at a specially called School Board meeting.


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