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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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Alachua County School District Receives Donation Of $1.5 Million

Metcalfe Elementary is one of the four elementary schools receiving benefits and counseling services through the grant.

A donation of $1.5 million dollars will be given to Alachua County Public Schools over the next three years to help the district provide mental health services to four elementary schools considered to be high-needs schools. The grant, which was donated anonymously, will help provide additional mental health services to children at Lake Forest Elementary, Idylwild Elementary, Metcalfe Elementary and Rawlings Elementary.

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