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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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A Downside Of Country Living: Roadside Birth

The rate of women giving birth without ever seeing a doctor more than doubled in Dixie County to the worst rate in Florida after the health departments got out of prenatal care.

The rate of women receiving prenatal care during the first trimester has dropped in North Central Florida. Seven county health departments in the region have gotten out of prenatal care, and women in rural communities have to drive farther for their appointments. One woman remembers a couple who stopped on their way to Gainesville to deliver the baby on the side of the road.

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