School Board Approves New Interim Superintendent for ACPS

By Amanda Roland
Prospective Interim Superintendent

Alachua County Public Schools announced that the School Board approved the contract for Dr. Carlee Simon as the Interim Superintendent for ACPS. Look below to learn more about Dr. Simon!

Dr. Carlee Simon (pictured above) is the prospective interim superintendent for Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS), chosen by the school board.

There was a special board meeting held on December 4 to discuss the selection of the coming interim superintendent, and seven candidates were submitted. Dr. Simon was chosen because of her “significant expertise and experience and a passion for education,” according to an ACPS press release.

“She has a clear vision for the district,” said School Board chair Dr. Leanetta McNealy in the press release. “Her expertise will help guide us through many challenges of budgeting and financial constraints, and she has a history of being a strong collaborator, which will be a plus in welcoming interactions with the community.”

Dr. Simon notes that she will listen to teachers, staff, families and the community to better serve schools. “We need their voices,” said Dr. Simon. “The district doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and if we are going to make progress in addressing some of our most stubbornly persistent problems, such as our unacceptably wide racial opportunity gaps, we need to meaningfully engage the community and other stakeholders.”

Dr. Simon’s position as a prospective interim superintendent is being negotiated, and the school board will vote on December 15. Dr. Simon is expected to start her position on December 16, according to ACPS.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Carlee Simon!

* Photo provided by ACPS


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