July 10, 2017
Superintendent Bobby Pearce has been re-appointed to two leadership positions in educational organizations that represent public school districts in Florida.
He completed his initial appointment terms in both positions and was so effective that he was re-appointed for the next two years in each.
First, the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) re-appointed Superintendent Pearce to its Board of Directors. FADSS divides Florida school districts into seven areas, with all 67 public school districts represented. It is a forum for superintendents who are elected and appointed; from large and small districts; and from rural, urban, and suburban areas.
Pearce represents Area II, which consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla school districts.
“I’ve learned how important it is for our North Florida, mostly rural school districts to have a say at the table with big districts like Miami-Dade, Broward, and Hillsborough. New education legislation has to be implemented every year by every district, but often we smaller districts are not on the minds of the Florida legislators as to the nuts and bolts of how we will be able to comply with fewer resources than big urban areas have,” Pearce notes. “It’s my job to make sure we are considered in the decision-making.”
Pearce represents Area II school districts by voicing concerns of their superintendents to FADSS to take to state and federal education decision-makers. In turn, if FADSS needs information from school districts for state and federal decision-makers, he is responsible for gathering and reporting this data.
Senator Bill Montford is the Chief Executive Officer of FADSS. Pearce says, “It’s helpful that Senator Montford was Superintendent of Leon County School District for so many years, plus has been a principal and a teacher. He truly understands public education needs and recognizes the value of having all districts represented by FADSS.”
Secondly, Superintendent Pearce was re-appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Small School District Council Consortium (SSDCC), which consists of 36 small and rural districts.
The SSDCC was formed in 1983 in an effort to give small school districts a venue to consolidate their voices. Their main focus is to promote small district issues with the Florida Legislature, other statewide elected officials, and the Florida Department of Education leaders.
Pearce adds, “As a former teacher, coach and principal in a rural school district, I understand many of the unique issues that smaller districts must find solutions to. Like Wakulla, most of our neighboring districts have a majority of their land unoccupied or designated as national or state forest. Therefore, property taxes, which contribute greatly to funding school systems, are harder to come by. Maintaining a high performing school district in spite of our challenges is vital to me.”