School Board plans three public hearings

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

If you've got something on your mind and want to tell the Alachua County School Board, there will be plenty of opportunities to do so in the next five weeks.



* What: The School Board will hold three public meetings.

* When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

* Where: Oct. 29, Hidden Oak Elementary; Nov. 7, Metcalfe Elementary; Nov. 12, Irby Elementary, Alachua.

* Information: Call 352-955-7880 or visit

During its meeting last Tuesday, the board scheduled three public hearings on the search for a new superintendent of schools and a town hall meeting on education issues, to take place in the next several weeks.

Board member Leanetta McNealy was scheduled to host the town hall meeting Tuesday at Newberry City Hall to address accountability for schools, the superintendent search and other concerns families may have.

The first of three public hearings on the superintendent search will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the cafeteria at Hidden Oak Elementary School.

Hearings will allow parents, students and the community at large to comment on what qualities they're looking for in a new superintendent, said schools spokeswoman Jackie Johnson.

Dan Boyd, superintendent for the last nine years, retired Sept. 30 and the School Board will soon begin a nationwide search for his successor.

During the hearings, moderated by former deputy superintendent of schools Sandy Hollinger, residents can also give feedback on a district-wide core belief survey, which will be sent out to residents to get an idea of their priorities for a superintendent candidate.

The second hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Metcalfe Elementary cafeteria, and the final hearing, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12, in the Irby Elementary cafeteria in Alachua.

Also during last Tuesday's meeting, board members approved a supplement for interim superintendent Hershel Lyons. He will receive $2,200 above his regular salary while serving in the interim position.

Erin Jester is a Gainesville Sun staff writer.

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