The Pinellas County School Board unanimously voted Sept. 25 to appoint Dr. Michael A. Grego as superintendent. Grego, who took charge Sept. 26, was selected following a national search.
His contract, approved by the school board Sept. 25, runs through June 30, 2015, and includes:
• A $240,000 annual base salary for 2012-13.
• A $750 a month car allowance for the use of his personal vehicle.
• Twenty weeks of salary, if the board terminates him without cause.
Grego, associate professor at the University of Central Florida, previously served as superintendent for the Osceola County School District and as Florida’s Interim Chancellor of K-12 Education.
He was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction November 2002 to June 2008 in the Hillsborough County school district. Among his awards, he was superintendent of the year for Florida 2009-10 Statewide Award from Fine Arts Educators promoting art.
The board had whittled down the list of 50 applicants before deciding to interview three applicants, leaving open the possibility of using a search firm to bring in more applicants if the board was not comfortable with Grego, Jones or Cutter. The new superintendent will succeed John Stewart, who plans to retire in December.