Top Pinellas school official applies for superintendent position


LARGO – Count Kevin Hendrick.

The popular Pinellas County School District Academic Dean was among the most mentioned names to replace outgoing superintendent Mike Grego.

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And Hendrick didn’t hesitate to apply. His was among the first four packages to arrive after the school board officially advertised the position.

“I have been aware of Dr. Grego’s retirement for several months. I had ample time to prepare an application,” Hendrick said. “I want to make it clear that I’m interested. I’m a viable candidate.

Related: Pinellas School Superintendent Mike Grego Retires

Hendrick, 45, graduated from Largo High School in 1994, having moved from Philadelphia to Pinellas County when he was 9 years old. He graduated from the University of South Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, taught high schools in Dunedin and Pinellas Park. , and served as principal at Northeast High for nine years.

He has worked in the district office for five years, dealing with high-profile issues including remote learning during the pandemic, expanding diversity through the culturally relevant curriculum, and revising contested books and articles. other teaching materials.

“I was well prepared for this,” Hendrick said.

Related: DOCUMENT: Kevin Hendrick’s candidacy for Superintendent of Pinellas

The other initial candidates for the position were Barbara Hagerty, associate director of technology innovation at the University of Stockton in New Jersey; Jeffrey DeLeon, professor at Trinity International University; and Adam Taylor, an educational consultant who most recently served as superintendent of schools for Rutland City in Vermont.

School board members said they want to hire someone who can continue the district’s progress without interruption. They did not commit to choosing an internal candidate, saying the best person will rise to the top of the pool through careful consideration.

The council is accepting applications until April 13 at midnight. He has scheduled a working session on April 20 to cut down the list of interviews.

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