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It’s official: New Hillsborough superintendent quits Clay schools job

Addison Davis starts his new job in Tampa on March 2.
Incoming Superintendent Addison Davis (center) and School Board Chair Melissa Snively (right) sign Davis' contract with the Hillsborough County School District after it was unanimously approved by the school board on February 18, 2020. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ | Times]

The Hillsborough County School Board picked Addison Davis as its next superintendent in mid January.

He signed his $310,000 contract a month later, with a starting date of March 2.

Davis had one more critical step to make the move official. And now he’s done it.

This week, he formally resigned his post as Clay County’s elected superintendent, effective a minute before midnight on March 1. His letter to the governor paved the way for Gov. Ron DeSantis to appoint a temporary replacement in the suburban Jacksonville school district until its voters can pick a new leader in November.

The ever effusive Davis used his letter to tout his successes in Clay and Duval county schools, and reiterated his respect for the educators in the district he leaves behind.

“My decision to pursue the role of superintendent of Hillsborough County schools was not made lightly,” he wrote.

He offered to help in the transition to Clay’s next leader, assistant superintendent David Broskie.

But he’s ready to take on the next challenge and make a positive impact in the bigger district, he added.

Davis begins next month by shadowing outgoing superintendent Jeff Eakins for two weeks. He will become acting superintendent after spring break, as Eakins intends to take a leave of absence until his official retirement date in June.

Related: Hillsborough’s new school superintendent: ‘Teach like your hair’s on fire.’