The search for Duval County's next superintendent of schools will make a major advance this week. Today and Tuesday, five finalists are in Jacksonville meeting with the Duval County School Board and Envisioning Committee (of which JPEF is a part). The public is invited to attend these events, especially tonight's Envisioning Committee meeting (find details on our events page).
So who are the five finalists? Here's a rundown.
Cash is the superintendent of the Memphis, Tennessee, school district, which recently merged the city and county school districts into one larger district. Cash was superintendent of the city school district but was his contract was not renewed by the new district's school board. He was a finalist for the superintendent opening in Charlotte-Mecklenburg but withdrew his name from consideration in April.
LeRoy is the Chief Academic Officer for Duval County Public Schools. LeRoy came to Duval County from Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2007 in the role of Chief Officer of Math and Science. She was promoted in 2008 to Chief Academic Officer. LeRoy has also applied for the superintendent position in Pinellas County.
Miller is the executive director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators. He's been in the position since January 2011. He was the superintendent of Washtenaw Intermediate School District in Michigan from 1999 to 2011.
Robbins is the recently retired associate superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools in suburban/metro Atlanta, a district that has made progress toward reducing the achievement gap. Robbins was a finalist in Mobile, Alabama's search in March 2012.
Vitti is the Chief Academic Officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Education Transformation in Miami-Dade, working with its turnaround schools, and has also worked for Florida Department of Education.
What do you think of the finalists?