Pinellas County Schools

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Pinellas County Schools is the public school district serving Pinellas County, Florida. The district is based in Largo. With over 104,000 students served in more than 140 schools and centers, the district is the 7th-largest in Florida and 26th-largest in the nation.[1]

History[edit]

The district was created upon Pinellas County's split from Hillsborough County in 1912. Dixie M. Hollins was the county's first superintendent of schools. Michael Grego, the current superintendent, has over 30 years of educational experience, having previously served as a teacher, Assistant Superintendent for Hillsborough County Schools, and Superintendent of Osceola County Schools.

Like other school districts in Florida and the South, Pinellas County has had to deal with issues of desegregation, court-ordered busing, and school choice. In 2000, the district received "unitary" (desegregated) status from the court assigned to monitor integration issues, and from 2003 to 2007 operated a "controlled choice" program which set minimum and maximum percentages of black pupils in individual schools. In 2007 the "Choice" program was replaced with a "close-to-home' school program, where students go to the school that is nearest to their residence. Exceptions to this plan are the district's various magnet programs, including the fundamental schools and the high schools with Academies of Excellence, which require application and acceptance.

In March 2009, Pinellas County Schools announced that all schools would close one hour early every Wednesday starting with the 2009-10 school year. The district said that this schedule change was to provide teachers with more planning period time. After much controversy, the school district voted in September 2012 to discontinue early release Wednesdays beginning with the 2013-14 school year.

Superintendents[edit]

  • Dixie M. Hollins (1912-1920)
  • Robert S. Blanton (1920-1928)
  • George M. Lynch (1928-1935)
  • George M. Hoffman (1935-1936)
  • Green V. Fuguitt (1936-1948)
  • Floyd T. Christian (1948-1965)
  • Paul D. Bauder (1965-1966)
  • James F. Gollattscheck (1966-1967)
  • Thomas B. Southard (1967-1971)
  • Nicholas G. Mangin (1971-1972)
  • Gus Sakkis (1972-1981)
  • Dr. Scott N. Rose (1981-1991)
  • Dr. J. Howard Hinesley (1991-2004)
  • Dr. Clayton M. Wilcox (2004-2008)[2]
  • Dr. Julie M. Janssen (2008-2011)[3]
  • Dr. John A. Stewart (2011-2012)
  • Dr. Michael A. Grego (2012–present)

School Board[edit]

The members of the school board are as follows:

  • Carol J. Cook, Chairperson - Single Member District #5 (2000–Present)
  • Peggy L. O’Shea, Vice Chairperson - At-Large District #3 (2006–Present)
  • Janet R. Clark - At-Large District #1 (2004–Present)
  • Terry Krassner - At-Large District #2 (2010–Present)
  • Robin L. Wikle - Single Member District #4 (2008–Present)
  • Linda S. Lerner - Single Member District #6 (1990–Present)
  • Rene Flowers - Single Member District #7 (2012–Present)

Districts 1-3 are at-large districts, elected by the voters of the entire school district. Districts 4-7 are single-member districts, voted on only by the voters who reside in the member district. The members from single-member districts are also required to reside within the district from which he or she is elected.[4]

Schools in Pinellas County[edit]

The district covers a total of 142 institutions: 76 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 17 high schools, 6 alternative & exception education schools, 9 adult/vocational schools, 16 centers, and 14 charter schools. With more than 17,000 teachers, administrators and support staff, the district is also Pinellas County's largest employer. Additionally, over 20,000 people serve as volunteers.[5]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Azalea Middle School
  • Bay Point Middle School
  • Carwise Middle School
  • Clearwater Fundamental Middle School
  • Clearwater Intermediate School
  • Dunedin Highland Middle School
  • James B. Sanderlin IB World School (K-8)
  • John Hopkins Middle School
  • Largo Middle School
  • Lealman Intermediate School
  • Madeira Beach Fundamental School (K-8)
  • Meadowlawn Middle School
  • Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School
  • Oak Grove Middle School
  • Osceola Middle School
  • Palm Harbor Middle School
  • Pinellas Park Middle School
  • Safety Harbor Middle School
  • Seminole Middle School
  • Tarpon Springs Middle School
  • Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School
  • Tyrone Middle School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Anona Elementary
  • Azalea Elementary
  • Bardmoor Elementary
  • Bauder Elementary
  • Bay Point Elementary
  • Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary
  • Bear Creek Elementary
  • Belcher Elementary
  • Belleair Elementary
  • Blanton Elementary
  • Brooker Creek Elementary
  • Campbell Park Elementary
  • Cross Bayou Elementary
  • Curlew Creek Elementary
  • Curtis Fundamental Elementary
  • Cypress Woods Elementary
  • Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary
  • Dunedin Elementary
  • Eisenhower Elementary
  • Fairmount Park Elementary
  • Forest Lakes Elementary
  • Frontier Elementary
  • Fuguitt Elementary
  • Garrison-Jones Elementary
  • Gulfport Elementary Montessori Academy
  • High Point Elementary
  • Highland Lakes Elementary
  • James B. Sanderlin IB World School (K-8)
  • John M. Sexton Elementary
  • Lake St George Elementary
  • Lakeview Fundamental Elementary
  • Lakewood Elementary
  • Lealman Avenue Elementary
  • Leila G. Davis Elementary
  • Lynch Elementary School
  • Madeira Beach Fundamental School (K-8)
  • Marjorie K. Rawlings Elementary
  • Maximo Elementary
  • McMullen-Booth Elementary
  • Melrose Elementary
  • Mildred Helms Elementary
  • Mount Vernon Elementary
  • New Heights Elementary
  • North Shore Elementary
  • Northwest Elementary
  • Oakhurst Elementary
  • Oldsmar Elementary
  • Orange Grove Elementary
  • Ozona Elementary
  • Palm Harbor Elementary
  • Pasadena Fundamental Elementary
  • Perkins Elementary
  • Pinellas Central Elementary
  • Pinellas Park Elementary
  • Plumb Elementary
  • Ponce De Leon Elementary
  • Ridgecrest Elementary
  • Rio Vista Elementary
  • Safety Harbor Elementary
  • San Jose Elementary
  • Sandy Lane Elementary
  • Sawgrass Lake Elementary
  • Seminole Elementary
  • Seventy-Fourth St Elementary
  • Shore Acres Elementary
  • Skycrest Elementary
  • Skyview Elementary
  • Southern Oak Elementary
  • Starkey Elementary
  • Sunset Hills Elementary
  • Sutherland Elementary
  • Tarpon Springs Elementary
  • Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary
  • Walsingham Elementary
  • Westgate Elementary
  • Woodlawn Elementary

Alternative and exceptional education schools[edit]

  • Calvin Hunsinger School
  • Hamilton Disston School
  • Nina Harris School
  • Paul B. Stephens School
  • Pinellas Secondary School (Alternative School) (6-12)
  • Richard L. Sanders School

Career technical and adult education[edit]

  • Clearwater Adult Ed. Center
  • Dixie Hollins Adult Ed. Center
  • Lakewood Community
  • Northeast Community
  • Palm Harbor Community
  • Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC)- Clearwater
  • Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC)- St. Petersburg
  • Seminole Vocational Ed. Center
  • Tomlinson Adult Learning Center

Charter schools[edit]

  • Academie Da Vinci (K-5)
  • Alfred Adler Elementary (K-3)
  • Athenian Academy (K-8)
  • Imagine Charter (PreK-8)
  • New Start (Life Skills North) (9-12)
  • Mavericks High North Pinellas (9-12)
  • Mavericks High South Pinellas (9-12)
  • Pinellas Preparatory Academy (Grades 4-8)
  • Pinellas Primary (PreK-4)
  • Plato Academy (PreK-8)
  • Plato North Academy (K-8)
  • Plato Seminole Academy (K-8)
  • Plato South Academy (K-8)
  • St. Petersburg Collegiate High School (Grades 10-12)[6]

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