Superintendent Robert Avossa to resign

Robert Avossa (file photo)

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa will be resigning after three years, the Palm Beach County School District said.

Avossa accepted a new job as Senior Vice President and Publisher Education Products with LRP Publications in Palm Beach Gardens, according to his resignation letter.

He said a large part of his decision was based on his family, including his two children who he hopes to spend more time with.

He said the decision wasn’t easy.

“It’s incredibly difficult. These types of jobs are complex and as the largest employer in the community, every decision we make is scrutinized very closely and it should be, that’s what democracy is all about,” said Dr.Avossa.

Avossa said he’s most proud of increasing the graduation rate for African Americans in the 11th largest school district in the nation.

“Increasing the graduation rate is really important. We had the largest increase in African American graduation rate in the state. We now lead the state for black graduation rate,” said Dr.Avossa.

There are things he has yet to check off his list.

“There is no destination in a position like this. It’s a constant moving target. Closing the achievement gap has started happening, but there’s a long way to go,” said Dr.Avossa.

Avossa said he hopes the board will consider appointing an internal candidate to take his place.

He will finish out the school year. His last day will be June 12th.

The President & CEO of LRP Publications issued this statement:

I am confident Dr. Robert Avossa will be an excellent fit as Senior Vice President and Publisher Education Products. LRP is indisputably the education community’s most trusted source, combining our premier resources with Robert’s passion for education will ensure LRP continues to meet the evolving needs of school leaders around the country. Robert’s successful track record and decades of experience in special and public education makes him a strong asset to LRP and our customers. I look forward to welcoming him to our talent team.

Watch CBS12 News at 5 p.m. for the very latest on this developing story.

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