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Pinellas director expected to be Manatee school district's No. 2.

Ron Ciranna really wanted to be a Florida superintendent, so he applied for the top job in Sarasota County.

But it looks like Pinellas' director of risk management and insurance will settle for second-in-command, since his name is on Tuesday's Manatee County School Board agenda as the presumptive deputy superintendent for operations. Ciranna is expected to make a salary in the range of $89,145 to $137,180.

News of Ciranna's new job broke Thursday, two days after a Sarasota school district committee whittled 48 applicants for the superintendent job down to a recommended list of eight, which the School Board approved.

Ciranna was not on that list, said district spokesman Scott Ferguson. However, Ciranna told the Bradenton Herald he withdrew his application from Sarasota to take the job in Manatee.

Ferguson said he did not sit in on the committee selection, but the committee considered candidates based on their communications and background, the size of district they led and their positions in those districts.

"The eight that they recommended were the best suited for the job," he said.

Ciranna applied for the Sarasota job in August and the Manatee job in late July.

Manatee has two deputy superintendents: one over instruction and the over operations, which covers support functions, human resources, maintenance, payroll construction and transportation. Both report directly to the superintendent. The position Ciranna is expected to fill has been vacant since the former deputy superintendent resigned in June.

Manatee spokesman Michael Barber said Ciranna's application to Sarasota's job "wasn't even a consideration."

"He was selected by the committee to be the person to put forward to the School Board," Barber said.

Gradebook has reached out to Ciranna seeking comment.

After leading Pinellas' human resources department since November 2010 and making $129,687.41 plus a $3,000 supplement for his doctoral degree, he transferred to his department's risk management and insurance position, a job he used to oversee. He now earns $95,403.01.

Ciranna has applied to be superintendent of school districts in Broward, Polk and Charlotte counties. He was the superintendent of a small Michigan school district from 2000 to 2004.

Manatee County has half of Pinellas' enrollment and schools, with about 49,000 students enrolled, 50 traditional public schools and almost 7,000 employees.