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Three superintendent finalists selected after school board, community interviews

This evening, the school board selected superintendent candidates Michael Dunsmore, Diana Greene, and Erick Pruitt to move forward as finalists. 

UPDATED with finalist interview schedule.

#JaxThanksATeacher: Teacher Appreciation Week

Join JPEF as we celebrate our teachers May 7 - 11 for Teacher Appreciation Week! In anticipation, we are sharing ways you can thank the amazing teachers in Duval who work tirelessly every day to provide the best education for their students.


School board narrows superintendent candidates to six semi-finalists

Today, the school board narrowed down the list of 26 candidates for Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent to six semi-finalists. Each semi-finalist’s application, including resume, is available by clicking his or her name.

UPDATED superintendent search dates (all open to the public):

Finalist interviews

May 16-18, 9 a.m. at DCPS 1701 Prudential Drive, Cline Auditorum

Superintendent selection

May 18, 5 p.m. at DCPS 1701 Prudential Drive, Cline Auditorium

Superintendent with education background wanted as candidate selection begins

As the leader of our public education system, Duval’s next superintendent will play a critical role in continuing DCPS’ success while working relentlessly to improve outcomes for all our students so they receive an excellent education.

“Education background, willing to learn from others” among top superintendent qualities

There was a lively discussion in nearly every meeting about whether someone with a business background would be a successful superintendent, but most attendees argued that having a background in education, including classroom teaching experience, was more important.


GUEST POST: MLK Day of Service Brings Attention to the Northside, Calls for Jacksonville Pride

On January 15th, our country honored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through church sermons, parades, celebratory breakfasts and lunches, crucial conversations, governmental decrees and acts of love and service. I had the privilege of sitting in on a crucial conversation with community residents at the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation.  

GUEST POST: Community gathers at Public Forum to discuss high-quality education in Duval

When our community comes together to support public education, we all win. On Monday, more than 100 community members attended the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s Public Forum to discuss greatness--what makes a teacher, school leader or school great? And how can teachers, school leaders and parents or caregivers help students succeed?




School board discusses options for three turnaround schools

UPDATED on 11-17-2017

The school board has made the recommendation for the three turnaround schools--Matthew Gilbert, Northwestern, and Lake Forest--to contract with an outside entity to operate the school, which includes the option for a district-managed charter school, if they do not receive a "C" for the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent Dr. Willis reported that each of these schools is within four (4) percentage points of attaining a "C" grade. The board must select an external operator and vote on a contract by January 31, 2018. 

GUEST POST: Arlington community tells school board what it wants in the next superintendent

Jacksonville citizens have a shared obligation to work toward a brighter future for our city. By contributing our voices to the superintendent search process, we demonstrate our commitment to making our city one where children can receive the knowledge and skills they need to become responsible, contributing citizens.

Duval County School Board hosted the first of four community meetings designed to assist the Board in selecting the next superintendent of DCPS this past Monday.

Duval County School Board requests additional data to assist with superintendent search

Strong district leadership has the potential to transform education opportunities for students, thereby strengthening the foundation upon which our community stands. In an effort to support Duval’s search for a new superintendent, we provided the Duval County School Board with a compilation of data on the most recent superintendent searches in the nation’s thirty largest school districts.