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Is A Bailey Bridge The Solution To This Collapsed Alachua County Creek Crossing?

A Northeast 96th Avenue resident looks across the collapsed bridge that leads to her neighborhood. Almost a year since its collapse, area residents wait for a permanent solution. (Photo by Lisandranette Rios/WUFT News)

Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson continues to look for a temporary solution to the collapsed crossing on Northeast 96th Avenue — a portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge used by the military to move heavy equipment. But he's had no luck in finding one yet. Alachua County CoAlmost a year since the bridge on Northeast 96th Avenue in Gainesville collapsed after a storm, area residents are still parking their cars and walking across the collapsed bridge to their homes every day.

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Elected Or Appointed, School Superintendent Job Calls For Cooperation With School Board

Alachua County is the only school district of 11 in North Central Florida that appoints its school superintendent.  (TJ Pyche / WUFT News)

The resignation of former Alachua County Schools Superintendent Owen Roberts last month has raised the long-standing discussion over the pros and cons of appointing versus electing a school district's chief executive officer. The Alachua County School Board voted to accept Roberts' resignation June 21. Roberts, who was appointed to his position in 2014, was the only school superintendent in North Central Florida not elected by county voters. Of the 11 counties in the area, 10 have elected superintendents. Forty-one of the state’s 67 counties elect their respective superintendent of schools.

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