Michael A. Grego, Ed.D., joined the district in September 2012, following a national search.
An educator with more than 35 years of experience, Dr. Grego began his career as a classroom teacher with Hillsborough County Schools. He became a department head and then advanced to become Assistant Superintendent for Technical, Career & Adult Education, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction. After serving 28 years with Hillsborough County Schools, he was selected as Superintendent of the Osceola County school district. There, he was credited with dramatic academic improvements, especially among minority students. He then served as Florida’s Interim Chancellor of K-12 Education. Before joining Pinellas County Schools, Dr. Grego joined the Educational Leadership faculty at the University of Central Florida, where he was an Associate Professor, teaching graduate and doctoral level courses.
A New York native, Dr. Grego earned a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York. He holds two master’s degrees, one in Industrial Technology Education from Illinois State University, and one in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. He earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from USF.
Since he began as Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools, Dr. Grego has implemented numerous initiatives to increase opportunities for learning. He launched an ambitious summer learning program to mitigate summer learning losses, and Promise Time, which offers an extra 60-90 minutes of instruction in reading, math and science at struggling schools. Pinellas County Schools also initiated Connect for Success, which provides take-home laptops for students at Title I elementary schools.
Dr. Grego has aggressively worked to eliminate achievement gaps in Pinellas County Schools. In 2013, the district implemented the Bridging the Gap strategic plan aimed at boosting achievement, increasing graduation rates and improving student engagement for African American students. In 2014, Pinellas County Schools initiated Scale Up for Success, a program focused on increasing achievement at several St. Petersburg schools. In 2016, the district established a Transformation Zone with intense support for lower performing schools.
Florida Trend magazine named Dr. Grego one of its “People to Watch” in 2013 for his plan to expand summer learning opportunities. That same year, he was a finalist for the Florida Department of Education’s Florida District Data Leader of the Year Award. In 2014, Dr. Grego received an inaugural Whitney M. Young Jr. Leadership Award from the Pinellas County Urban League for his commitment to the community.
In 2016, he received the USF College of Education Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The same year, he was recognized by the Board of Directors of Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services (PEMHS) with the 2016 Pacesetter award in the Special Recognition category; and he was selected as a finalist for the Green-Garner Award from the Council of the Great City Schools. The Green-Garner Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership, is presented to a big-city school superintendent and board member in alternative years. The winner is considered by peers as the Urban Educator of the Year.
Under Dr. Grego’s direction, Pinellas County Schools has achieved districtwide accreditation and has been recognized for several major accomplishments. The Learning Counsel honored Pinellas County Schools as one of the top 10 districts in the nation for its digital curriculum strategy. During the 2015-16 school year, the district was named a Ford Next Generation Learning Model Community, a milestone designation for preparing high school students for success in college, career and life. A 2017 report by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C, ranked Pinellas County Schools as the top in Florida and 10th in the nation for districts offering the best choices for parents. The district earned the top score in Florida two years in a row. In 2017, Pinellas County Schools also earned top-10 ranking in the annual Digital School Districts Survey for exemplary use of technology. The same year, Pinellas was named one of the Great Districts for Great Teachers by the National Council for Teacher Quality. The award honors districts that celebrate, support and reward great teachers.