In the community, Licata plans more town meetings. I’m really thankful for the opportunity,” Davis said after the announcement. WUSF and Health News Florida are answering your questions. It is governed by the School Board of Hillsborough County, which consists of seven elected members and one superintendent, who is hired by the board. He would attend, or view remotely, all School Board meetings to set himself up for sound relationships with the board. He also would review security and emergency plans, attend key legislative sessions, and meet with legislators to acquaint himself with funding and other issues that are particular to Florida. Davis will oversee 250 schools with more than 15,000 teachers and over 200,000 students in the third-largest school district in Florida and the eighth largest in the country. He would meet with board members and community leaders. WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. He would “personally establish myself and family in the Hillsborough community.”. He wants to conduct a “SWOT” analysis, which stands for strength, weakness, opportunity and threat. He proposes to take a closer look at numerous departments: Leadership development and technology infrastructure, communication and innovation. Superintendent, Hillsborough Schools. He wants to audit the testing calendar, examine the early childhood landscape, and review how reading specialists are assigned. In the area of student achievement, Licata wants to take a top-to-bottom look at curriculum to make sure it is aligned with the Florida Standards and that it is meeting student needs. Parents, teachers and students from area schools came together to protest budget cuts for arts programs, during a multi-school choir performance of Ukuthula prior to the start of a Hillsborough County Public School Board meeting, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Tampa. He would take a close look at student achievement data, and work to build ties with the business community. He also wants to establish ties with local university leaders to improve students’ transition from K-12 to higher education. The district approved last month to move the school year start date to Aug. 24. He aims to spend his first 90 days creating a strong relationship with the School Board and establishing himself as the district’s new educational leader and chief executive officer. This will include a review of all school, student, teacher, staff, visitor, and transportation plans to ensure that all safety measures are … The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, or age in its programs, services, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. Typically, all Hillsborough County School Board decisions are made through public meetings, which include time for guest speakers to comment on proposed items in the meeting agenda. SUPERINTENDENT. Licata also would study the budget and familiarize himself with spending practices. Florida Reports Two-Day Increase Of 17,042 New Coronavirus Cases, DeSantis Aide Deactivates Account Over COVID-19 Tweet, Report: Florida Failed To Protect Female Inmates From Sexual Abuse, Pandemic Expected To Take A Toll On Tourism Through 2021, Plan To Boost Teacher Pay At Struggling Hillsborough County Schools Approved, Hillsborough School Superintendent Eakins Announces Retirement Plans. “After 90 days,” he wrote, “my role as a transitional leader will come to a close and I will begin the role of a transformational leader.” At that time, he would collaborate with the board and others in the district and community on a strategic plan. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times], Peter Licata said Thursday that he is happy in his job as regional superintendent of Palm Beach County, but he does not want to look back on his career with regrets. Licata wants to plan a series of town hall meetings, aimed largely at the under-served population. He would look at graduation data to see if there are under-performing groups of students. “During the first 100 days,” he wrote, “we will work to establish and sustain two-way dialogues with all key stakeholders in the Hillsborough community and develop proactive strategies to connect with parents, caregivers, and community members who may not always have a voice.". The Hillsborough County School District is facing a possible construction crisis in the southern part of the county, Superintendent Addison Davis told county commissioners Tuesday. In the final board meeting, Davis spoke strongly, promising to give a personal touch to the job. They also serve as a liaison between principals, district staff, the school board, and the public. MaryEllen Elia served as Superintendent from July 2005 until March 2015, when she was fired by the school board and replaced by her Deputy Superintendent Jeff Eakins.. Then, in 2020, Jeff was replaced with Addison Davis, who is now currently the … The school board could vote on … “All to be able to understand the shifts in the standards and to be able to help create bite-sized actual feedback to every one of our teachers every single day to help them enhance their craft and create magic every day for our children.”. “I promise I will work tirelessly and everything we do will be on behalf of the children.”. Addison Davis, Don Haddad and Peter Licata outline their plans for the first 90 days. TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County School Superintendent Addison Davis plans to release his cost-cutting plan to school board members at the end of … [MARLENE SOKOL | Times], Don Haddad, expounding Thursday on his record leading the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado, said he would be proud today to send his children to any of the district's schools. Last month in a unanimous vote, the Hillsborough County School Board selected Addison Davis to serve as the next superintendent of schools, capping a … Excerpts from the reports are linked to their names: Addison Davis, Clay County superintendent. TAMPA – In a unanimous vote, Hillsborough County School Board members Tuesday (Jan. 21) selected Addison Davis as the district’s incoming superintendent, capping a seven-month nationwide search. Davis was one of 51 applicants for the Hillsborough position, a job search that took over seven months to conduct. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online at WUSF.org/ways-to-support. TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The honeymoon between the Hillsborough School Board and the new superintendent it just hired was in full bloom in June. As he did in Clay County, Davis says he will schedule “Dialogue with Davis” sessions with employee groups. Early steps would include one-on-one meetings with board members and group meetings to establish governance norms and protocols. He wants to know about all litigation the district is involved with. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Davis, 43, earned 13 points in a school board ranking exercise, more than twice as many as the next of the three finalists, St. Vrain Valley, Colo., superintendent Don Haddad. The Hillsborough County School Board has selected Addison Davis to serve as its new Superintendent. This is when he would schedule meetings to learn more about the district, “in a manner that demonstrates respect and appreciation for the existing leadership team.". Davis has divided his immediate priorities into six categories: School Board and superintendent relations; student achievement, including equity and teaching practices; climate and culture of the organization; community engagement; organizational and fiscal responsibility; and mental health, safety and security. He wants to analyze student achievement data to find out why Hillsborough’s state ranking is on the decline. He would get to know the human resources department, its challenges and needs. The Hillsborough County School Board has selected Addison Davis to serve as its new Superintendent. “We’ve got to make sure we push our children, their cognitive demands, every single day,” he said. . In his introduction, Licata notes that the Hillsborough district “serves a diverse community and has experienced many successes but faces some difficult challenges ahead.” These include a racial achievement gap, a teacher shortage and budgetary challenges. All seven semifinalists for the job of Hillsborough School superintendent were required to submit 90-day plans for the district. He also submitted a detailed turnaround plan that addresses the challenges of Hillsborough’s 50 “Achievement” schools. The Hillsborough County (Fla.) School Board has hired Addison Davis, who now leads the Clay County (Fla.) district, as its new superintendent.. But he will have his hands full as the superintendent of the Hillsborough County District. Others created voluminous reports, crammed with data to display their prior accomplishments. — The Hillsborough County School Board has narrowed down its list of candidates for the position of Superintendent to three. We examined plans by the three finalists who will compete in a final round of interviews on Tuesday. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]. He was named as a 2017-2018 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association, an award which recognizes superintendents leadership and strong communication skills. He believes in putting students’ best interests at the heart of all decision-making, goal-based management, and building a school system that … Want to learn more about the vaccine? HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla.—You’re going to see some new faces on the Hillsborough County School Board. From left, they are Nicole Binder, the district's director of assessment and accountability; Ray Bonti, executive director of the Hillsborough Association of School Administrators; and Rachel Walters, principal of Tinker K-8 School. He would visit schools and meet with School Board members, students, employees and education advocates. After a series of board meetings, the members of the board interviewed the three finalists Tuesday before choosing Davis over Peter Licata, regional superintendent for Palm Beach County, and Don Haddad, superintendent of the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado. Hillsborough school district needs to build 5 new schools by 2025, superintendent says. In a board workshop meeting Thursday afternoon, the Hillsborough County Schools superintendent presented an updated re-opening plan to the school board. He plans to “explore Hillsborough County, including the community centers, cultural centers, neighborhoods, traditions, and environments that make up the greater community” as a first step toward developing a community outreach plan. On election night, three … — After more than four hours of debates, disagreements and decisions, the Hillsborough County school board on Tuesday narrowed its list of candidates for superintendent down to … Davis is a career educator – beginning his career as a classroom teacher – who has spent more than 20 years’ educating and supporting students in Florida. Davis would look closely at the district’s ongoing literacy audit. Before Clay County, Davis served as the Chief of Schools for Duval County, the nation’s 20th largest school district with over 120,000 students. He plans meetings with principals and cabinet members to find out what they view as the district’s successes and challenges. At that time, the board will select two to three candidates for … In addition, Haddad would familiarize himself with the budgeting systems of Florida and Hillsborough, reviewing past and current budgets, borrowing and construction plans. Davis calls his plan “Accelerate Hillsborough.” In three phases, scheduled from Feb. 10 to July 8, he says he would engage, collaborate and evaluate; listen and share; problem solve, plan and implement. He also wants to meet in small group settings with labor groups. He would review school choice offerings, magnet programs, advanced placement and dual enrollment to see if enrollment is proportionate to the demographic makeup of the student body. Superintendent Davis recommended to the school board delaying the start of the school year for students by two weeks to Monday, August 24. However, as … Superintendent Addison Davis began the school board meeting by assuring everyone involved that the arts and music programs will not be cut. School Board Policy 1122 ensures equal opportunity for all in its personnel policies and practices. Don Haddad, superintendent, St. Vrain Valley School District, Colorado, Haddad says his “pre-entry phase” would begin on Jan. 22, the day after he hopes to be named superintendent. Davis, who currently is the Superintendent of Clay County Public Schools, is the first superintendent hired from outside the Hillsborough County School District’s ranks since 1967. “I’m so proud about the opportunity. Davis became Superintendent of Clay County schools in 2016. Madison Davis, Superintendent of schools in Hillsborough County, I spent the past few days speaking with medical professionals from the University of South Florida, Tampa General Hospital Teachers School administrators, business leaders and local Department of Health to help guide our decisions around protocols that affect the safety of our entire district. He wants to ride school bus routes, and he pledges to visit at least 50 schools a month. "Today, I would like to announce a new collaboration with Tampa General Hospital, USF Health and Hillsborough County Public Schools. Community engagement efforts will also come under the microscope. From left, Don Haddad, Peter Licata and Addison Davis, all finalists for the job of Hillsborough County school superintendent, met Thursday with community members at Rampello K-8 School. Story: https://bit.ly/2WtI05b Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. Research will take much of his time, so that after 90 days, he can establish “a clearly defined strategic plan.” He wants a retreat or special workshop with the board to establish expectations and his evaluation process. TAMPA, Fla. - Hillsborough County schools will “make every effort” to socially distance students when they return to school, the superintendent says, though it’s still not certain exactly when that will be. Is former senator John Legg running for Pasco superintendent. Addison G. Davis. And he would conduct an inventory of technical programs and career academies. Davis replaces Jeff Eakins, who will retire when his contract expires this June. Interviews for the eight Hillsborough County Superintendent candidates will take place on Jan. 16. And he would schedule one-on-one visits with board members. Addison Davis is the Superintendent of Schools for Hillsborough County Public Schools where he took office in March 2020. He also proposes to “complete a comprehensive review of every school to determine the capacity of and infrastructure related to technology equipment, access, and curriculum delivered digitally” — and find ways to eliminate barriers. More meetings would take place with law enforcement officials, elected officials, civic leaders and faith-based organizations. Published January 21, 2020 at 5:37 PM EST. Board Attorney Jim Porter said he anticipates bringing a contract for the board to review and approve at their Feb. 18 meeting. He would network with chambers of commerce and industry leaders. The first 90 days officially begin July 1. Some dashed them off in a half-dozen pages. Davis would review the district’s safety and security system, and discipline data. As he indicated in his School Board interview, he wants the leader of the Achievement Schools project to report directly to him. TAMPA, Fla. — After more than four hours of debates, disagreements and decisions, the Hillsborough County school board on Tuesday narrowed its list of candidates for superintendent … At that time, Haddad would continue the pre-entry research. This partnership will assist our district in our 2020-21 reopening strategy. He was also named the Sunshine State Public Relations Association's 2019 Superintendent Communicator of the Year last December. New Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Makes It Official - Tampa, FL - With a few flourishes of a pen, Hillsborough County 's new superintendent of school signed his contract. He wants to audit all curriculum and evaluate systems including mental health support, school counselors and assistance for special education teachers. Dylan Rudolph is the WUSF Radio News Intern for the spring 2020 semester. Davis, who currently is the Superintendent of Clay County Public Schools, is the first superintendent hired from outside the Hillsborough County School District’s ranks since 1967. Area Superintendent: Lisa Yost email: [email protected] Hillsborough County Public Schools is currently accepting applications and hiring teachers for the school year of 2020-2021 in all subject areas and has a high need for teachers interested in teaching special education, reading, math, science, and elementary. 5 months ago At a school board workshop Thursday, Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent … He promises to “develop a very transparent, ethical and trusting environment” and create “a sense of excitement” about the school system. The next step is negotiating a contract. At a meet-and-greet Thursday following the Hillsborough County School Board meeting, superintendent finalist Addison Davis, second from right, posed for a photo with three local educators. He also wants to meet with the human resources department to “understand current staffing needs, priorities and diversity initiatives.”, Peter Licata, regional superintendent, The School District of Palm Beach County. 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