Alachua County Schools Superintendent Picked
Alachua County, FL -- Alachua County is moving forward. The school board selected their man tonight.
It was a long process - about eight months that Alachua County Public Schools has gone without a superintendent to lead them.
After some lengthy debates at the school board meeting, the Alachua County School Board wants Dr. Owen Roberts of Lauderdale Lakes to serve as the new superintendent. He has an extensive resume - serving as assistant superintendent in St. Lucie, he was a math and science teacher, and has a "child first" philosophy.
In November 2013 the school board began their search when superintendent Dan Boyd retired after 9 years at the top.
27 candidates applied and three were selected for final review.
"Each one of the candidates went through a very rigorous process, a group interview, individual interview with board members, the meetings with the district advisory council, a community reception where they answered a lot of questions," said Jackie Johnson, spokesperson for Alachua County Schools.
The school board will now have to negotiate a contract with Roberts and they hope for him to start on July 1, 2014.
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