Archive - Dec 12, 2012 - News Article
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Indiana’s recently ousted state school superintendent is Florida’s new education commissioner.
The State Board of Education selected Tony Bennett, a Republican who lost a bid for re-election in Indiana last month, on Wednesday in Tampa.
The board picked Bennett from a slate of three finalists.
Veteran North Adams educator and current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Wylie Sirk has announced his retirement, effective July 1.
Sirk, who this summer will have completed 36 years in the education field — 19 of them at North Adams Community Schools — submitted his letter of resignation to the North Adams school board Tuesday evening.
"I've been prayerfully considering this for the last six months, and the time is right to end this portion of my career," the superintendent said.
After a decade at Adams Central Community Schools, Superintendent Mike Pettibone announced Tuesday night that he will retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Pettibone submitted his letter of retirement to a less than full Board of Education Tuesday evening, with members Steve Bailey and John Fox absent, and Brian Tonner leaving early to attend another meeting.
Bailey announced through a letter of resignation that he is leaving the board.
Retired businessman Ray Gill and and Adams County technology coordinator Landon Patterson were selected Tuesday evening from among four applicants to fill two vacancies on the South Adams school board.
Applicants seeking appointment to two vacant District 3 seats on the board included Gill, Patterson, Wesley Haight and Rachael Rosswurm.
The new board members will serve the remaining two years of the unexpired terms of the vacant board seats, from January of 2013 through December of 2014.