First Alachua County Superintendent Finalist Visits Gainesville
Published May 6th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Its taken more than seven months -- but on Monday, Alachua County parents and teachers finally got their first opportunity to meet one of the four finalists to become the new school district superintendent.
Dr. Mark Rendell, currently a deputy superintendent in St. Lucie County, was the first of four superintendent finalists to visit Gainesville.
During a public forum Monday night, Rendell highlighted his more than 20 years of experience in public education.
While he had high praise for the district as a whole, Rendell said if chosen, he would work to close the achievement gap between students.
"There's strong student achievement in a lot of areas," said Rendell. "Unfortunately, that strong student achievement isn't in every area. Not every student is succeeding at the level they could be."
On Tuesday, Rendell will visit several schools around the district before heading home.
The next candidate to visit will be Fred Heid, who's currently with Duval County Public Schools.
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