Boyd surprised by top honor from state education group

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.

As Alachua County school superintendent Dan Boyd listened this week to a conference speaker list the credentials for the group’s major award winner, a sudden realization crept in.

“I’m thinking, ‘You know, that guy sounds like me,’” he recalled. “I had absolutely no idea that this was even part of the agenda.”

Boyd said he was surprised to receive the President’s Award Thursday at the Florida School Board Association’s annual spring conference in Tampa.

The yearly award is given to an individual who has “made outstanding and significant contributions to education at the local and state level,” said Jackie Johnson, spokeswoman for the the Alachua County school district.

Boyd, who has led the district for nine years, has served a total of 49 years in education as a teacher, coach and principal for 25 years.

Boyd said his father and aunt were teachers, and he followed in their footsteps. He said working in education came naturally to him, but he was still humbled by the selection.

“I’m just one man in one school district,” he said, “who came to work every day and did his best to help people.”

Johnson said the district has been highly rated for seven consecutive years due to Boyd’s “strong and healthy” leadership. She said the district’s students regularly outperform other Florida students on SAT, FCAT, AP and Cambridge examinations.

She said Boyd has developed various academic- and sports-related programs as well as serving on committees and task forces at the state level, occasionally working with the governor.

According to a news release, Boyd soon will be installed as the president of the Florida Association of School Administrators and of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

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