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Wilcox's contract extended

The Pinellas school board voted 4-3 to retain the superintendent through 2010.

By THOMAS C. TOBIN
Published June 20, 2006


LARGO -- The Pinellas school board voted 4-3 Tuesday to extend the contract of superintendent Clayton Wilcox by one year, a move that will keep him in the district throughJune 2010.

The vote marked the second contract extension for Wilcox, who originally signed a four-year deal ending in 2008.

Board members Nancy Bostock, Mary Brown, Carol Cook and Jane Gallucci all said they voted in favor of the extension to give the district stability.

"One of the strengths of Pinellas County has been the consistency of our leadership,'' said Cook, the board's chairperson.

Board members Janet Clark, Linda Lerner and Mary Russell voted against the extension. Clark and Lerner said they opposed "rolling'' contracts. Russell said Wilcox's performance had declined since last year and did not warrant an enhanced contract. "I think three years isenough time to turn it around,'' she said.

Wilcox has said repeatedly he would like to stay in Pinellas at least until his two children … who will enter the fifth and seventh grades this year … graduate from high school.

The extension follows the board's annual evaluation of Wilcox in which he drew generally good reviews from five of the seven board members.

Wilcox on Tuesday gave the board an improvement plan for the coming year. He said he would work to improve the morale of district employees and to enhance communication within thedistrict and with the public.

He also said he would develop a "strategic planning document'' that will set a direction for the district.