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Published on - April 17, 2008
School superintendent tenders resignation
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PINELLAS COUNTY - Clayton M. Wilcox, superintendent of Pinellas County Schools, announced April 10 that he is resigning his position to join Scholastic Corporation, the global children’s publishing, education and media company.

A respected educator with almost 30 years experience in the classroom, as a principal and as leader of large public school districts, Wilcox has been named vice president, Education and Corporate Relations. In his new role, he will be responsible for building relationships with district administrators, state departments of education and education organizations.

Wilcox became superintendent of Pinellas County Schools in November 2004. He previously served as superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish School System where he also held positions as interim superintendent, deputy superintendent for instructional and human resources, and assistant superintendent for human resources and technology.

The term of his initial contract (Nov, 1, 2004 to June 30, 2008) was extended to June 30, 2011, by school board members on July 31, 2007.

Wilcox has asked the board to release him from the contract he has enjoyed as superintendent as early as June 1, 2008, and is committed to finding a mutually acceptable separation date.

Under his leadership, the district has improved student achievement across a number of measures: more students are reading at or above grade level than at any time in the county’s history under the state’s accountability system; and more minority students are taking honors and advanced placement courses.

The district has expanded magnet and fundamental programs, and renewed its commitment to career, technical and vocational education. During the past several years the district improved the delivery of business services and met a series of challenging issues outside the classroom.

Wilcox said, “I have loved my time working with the students, parents and educators of Pinellas and we have made real progress toward our goals.  Now, I am taking another step in my career and toward my dream of helping to improve the literacy of students all across the country.  I am honored to have this opportunity to work with all of the staff of Scholastic, and particularly with Dr. Fleishman, himself a former school superintendent, to use all of the tools at our disposal today to help children nationwide become proficient readers and successful students.”

While in Pinellas, Wilcox has been active in civic and community organizations, serving on the board of directors of the YMCA of the Suncoast, the Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement, the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Juvenile Welfare Board and Clothes to Kids.
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