PBC school board selects four finalists for superintendent post

Feb 21, 2018
Four school district administrators are finalists to be the county’s next schools superintendent. Clockwise from top left: Deputy Superintendent David Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer Donald Fennoy, Regional Superintendent Frank Rodriguez and Chief Academic Officer Keith Oswald. (Photos via Twitter)

Palm Beach County School Board members selected four high-ranking school district administrators as finalists Wednesday to be the next leader of the county’s public schools, with plans to choose one of them for the job March 7.

The four finalists – Deputy Superintendent David Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer Donald Fennoy, Chief Academic Officer Keith Oswald and Regional Superintendent Frank Rodriguez – were the only four district administrators who applied.

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The other applicant who met the qualifications — Tradewinds Middle School teacher Vicente Mendez-Bonilla – did not make the cut.

Board members plan to privately interview each candidate during the next two weeks, then hold public interviews on March 7. After the public interviews, they plan to select one of the four to be the county’s next superintendent.

The four finalists include two longtime county educators who rose up the ranks within the school district as well as two high-level administrators recruited by current Superintendent Robert Avossa to help to lead the district:

The school board began its search after Avossa surprised them by announcing this month that he would resign in June to take a job at a Palm Beach Gardens publishing company.

Board members set the pay range for the new superintendent at between $250,000 and $300,000.