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A timeline of Steven Ballowe's tenure with Gainesville city schools
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May 8, 2001: The Gainesville school board votes unanimously to hire Steven Ballowe.

Sept. 2, 2004: President Bush lauds the academic successes of the Gainesville school system.

April 2006: The school system prints 3,000 copies of Ballowe’s book "The Gainesville Model for Accountability and Achievement."

January-February 2007: Controversy erupts over a display of international flags at Gainesville High School and Ballowe’s "super" principal concept.

July 16, 2007: The Gainesville school board votes 3-2 to give Ballowe a contract extension to 2010, including provisions if he is fired without cause.

May 19: The school board learns the deficit for the 2007-08 budget year could reach $7 million. Also, Ballowe sends a letter to the school board member alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act.

Thursday: The school board votes 3-2 to fire Ballowe.

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