Tuesday, December 18, 2012
On Monday, Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego sent the following letter to Pinellas County Schools staff regarding school safety in response to the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
This letter from Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego to Pinellas County Schools staff is also posted on the Pinellas County Schools website. Dec. 17, 2012 Dear Colleagues, Whenever something as tragic as Friday’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., occurs, especially when it affects innocent children and dedicated educators so similar to the ones in our own district, we can’t help but be affected. We naturally share a bond with members of our profession whose first priority is the students they serve, and our hearts ache when families and communities are in mourning. These incidents also direct our attention and cause us to reflect on the value of our employees – not only teachers and administrators, but every member of our …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The new Pinellas County Schools Superintendent spent part of his first day on the job at Mildred Helms Elementary School.
The new Pinellas County Schools chief Dr. Michael Grego made a stop at Mildred Helms Elementary on Sept. 26. The Pinellas County School Board unanimously appointed Grego on Sept. 25. His contract, which goes through June 30, 2015 includes, according to a news release: Grego replaces Interim Superintendent Dr. John A. Stewart who served for one year. Before joining the Pinellas County Schools Grego served as an associate professor at the University of Central Florida. He was also superintendent of the Osceola County Schools near Orlando from 2008 to 2011. Grego has three decades of experience in public education.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The board voted 6-1 for the veteran educator to replace ousted superintendent Julie Janssen.
The Pinellas County School Board voted on Tuesday to approve the contract of Dr. John Stewart to become interim superintendent for Pinellas County Schools beginning Saturday. He temporarily replaces Julie Janssen, who was terminated without cause last week. Following Janssen’s dismissal, the board moved swiftly to name an interim replacement, despite emphatic opposition from community representatives who called for a more involved selection process. Stewart’s nomination received a 6-1 vote of approval, with the lone dissenting vote coming from board member Linda Lerner. “I think there are so many good things about Pinellas County Schools … and I’m anxious to come back and build on those and make Pinellas County proud of itself,” Stewart …
John Stewart is a former Polk County superintendent and former deputy superintendent for Pinellas County Schools.
The Pinellas County School Board voted 6-1 to make John Stewart interim superintendent for Pinellas County Schools. Stewart is a former Polk County superintendent and former deputy superintendent for Pinellas County Schools. The issue was put to a vote during a special school board meeting this afternoon, called in the wake of Superintendent Julie Janssen's dismissal last week. Board member Linda Lerner cast the lone vote against the motion to approve a contract for Stewart. Largo Patch has a reporter inside the school board meeting and will bring you updates on this story as the meeting continues.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Pinellas County School Board voted 7-0 to fire Julie Janssen during a special meeting Tuesday morning. Her deputy has declined to serve as interim superintendent.
In the past few months, Pinellas County School Board members have not always agreed when it came to assessing Superintendent Julie Janssen's job performance. But Tuesday morning they were all on the same page when they decided to fire her during a 7-0 vote. Now, Janssen has 11 days to get her personal things in order and vacate her office. The vote that ended Janssen's career with Pinellas County Schools came during a special meeting about her job performance. In June, school board members gave Janssen a deadline of Aug. 23 to improve. Some board members said they had lost confidence in her. During today's vote, some board members were still so displeased with Janssen's performance, they wanted to fire her immediately. Robin Wikle, …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
An attorney for Julie Janssen has sent a resignation offer to the Pinellas County School Board.
Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Julie Janssen may not be with the school district much longer. Janssen has had her attorney draft and send a resignation offer to the Pinellas County School Board. The letter was received today by the school board, according to Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn. In the offer, Janssen would resign effective Sept. 2. The letter states, "In exchange for the Superintendent's resignation, the Board will make the payments of salary and benefits as required in 'School Board Release from the Agreement Without Cause.' " School board members have expressed their concerns over Janssen's job performance and had scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss the matter.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The board set the deadline for Julie Janssen to fix specific problems or face a negative review and perhaps termination.
A special Pinellas County School Board meeting is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 23 to discuss the employment and future of Superintendent Julie Janssen. Janssen was given until Aug. 23 to fix administrative problems identified by the board. At a June 24 board meeting, members told Janssen that she was spending too much time tracking negative publicity; responding poorly to crisis situations; and not finishing strategic planning by a board-set deadline. A negative report by the Board on Aug. 23 may precipitate more drastic action, including Janssen's termination. The special meeting will be held in the conference hall of the school board administration building. A previously scheduled board workshop for Aug. 23 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Aug…