Avossa restructuring Palm Beach County schools’ top leadership

Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa

Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa

Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa is moving to reorganize the top leadership of the Palm Beach County School District, recruiting several officials from outside the area to serve in his executive cabinet.

Among the new hires: two officials from the Atlanta-area school district that Avossa ran before taking the top job in Palm Beach County last year.

Under the reorganization, four new members of Avossa’s executive cabinet will be outsiders or recent hires.

In a memo obtained by Extra Credit, Avossa writes that the restructuring “allows us to better align with our new strategic plan – with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for students.”

Avossa’s executive cabinet now will include:

  • New assistant superintendent Eddie Ruiz, who was hired last year from Fulton County.
  • New human resources chief Gonzalo La Cava, currently a Fulton County area superintendent.
  • New operations chief Donald Fennoy, currently a Fulton County area superintendent.
  • New chief of administration Sherrie Davis.

Current members of the executive cabinet include Deputy Superintendent David Christiansen, hired last year from Lake County’s school district; chief financial officer Mike Burke; and chief academic officer Keith Oswald.

In an interview, Avossa praised his new team as being more diverse and being “a real powerhouse team.”

“We’ve dramatically increased the diversity on the team,” he said. “Several of these individuals are bilingual.”

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