Two Florida districts see superintendent moves
Gov. Rick Scott appointed a new schools superintendent for Monroe County on Wednesday. It's the same person that the Monroe School Board has chosen to become its first non-elected superintendent. That should end the years-long episode of musical chairs in the Monroe school system's district office.
Why the appointment? The term of Monroe's elected superintendent doesn't expire until Jan. 7, at which time the board-selected official takes the helm. So in the meantime, Mark Porter will be the governor's appointee.
The move became necessary when former interim superintendent Jesus Jara (whom Scott named to replace Joe Burke, whom Charlie Crist had appointed to replace indicted superintendent Randy Acevedo) resigned to take a post in the Orange County school system.
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Tim McGonegal, Manatee schools superintendent since 2009, announced Wednesday that he will retire in February. The Bradenton Herald reports that McGonegal gave the district several months' notice to allow the School Board plenty of time to find his replacement.