New PBC schools chief plucks deputy from Orlando-area past


Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa has tapped a former colleague from his time in Orange County to be his deputy superintendent.

David Christiansen, currently the chief academic officer of the Lake County public school system, will be Palm Beach County’s deputy superintendent under a hiring plan School Board members will review today.

Christiansen spent years as an educator in Orange County while Avossa worked there. After time as a teacher and director, he worked in Orange as a principal and assistant principal. He’s been chief academic officer in Lake County since January 2014.

The deputy superintendent position is a new one created by Avossa, who said last week that he wanted to recruit a leadership team without ties to the school system.

“I’ve got to be able to bring in a couple of people that are objective,” he said.

However, Avossa has made Keith Oswald the school system’s chief academic officer. Before Avossa’s arrival, Oswald served in the position on an interim basis.

Avossa also said last week that he thought the district needed “a new wake-up call and some new energy, thoughts and ideas.”


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