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Putnam County, FL is a county that people are drawn to for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately education is not one of those reasons, but it should be. We have a caring community with many well intentioned educators.

It is time for Putnam to move into the main stream of appointing their school superintendent. Florida is one of only 3 states that continues the outdated practice of electing this important position. Currently, 24 Florida counties have appointed superintendents, all of which out perform Putnam in school performance.

Seven counties border Putnam and 4 of those have appointed superintendents. Based on 2007-08 data available from the DOE website, Putnam has the lowest composite ACT score, has the highest dropout rate for the surrounding counties and the 3rd highest in the state. Putnam has the 5th highest absenteeism rate in the state and most importantly is one of the top twenty spenders per student in the state. Given the other dismal statistics, this is sad. This county spends more, yet has nothing complimentary to show for it.

Definite advantages to appointed superintendents include: requiring specific educational and experience qualifications. The appointed superintendent has a vested interest in performing well: His or her job! Poor job performers can be removed swiftly based on their lack of ability or unsuccessful management style.

Elected superintendents have no educational criteria nor does it require experience in financial management. It becomes a popularity contest. They are politicians. To assume that it is not necessary to have a background in education and management for a position that may manage one of the largest employers in the county, has one of the largest budgets, and is trusted with our most precious resource (our children and future) is ludicrous. Today, this position REQUIRES a well- trained, well-qualified and well educated person.

Dissenters would say that a superintendent needs to be a local; someone who understands the climate of the community. There are no guidelines that say the appointed superintendent cannot be home grown. This county has certainly benefited from many successful professionals who have come home to roost and nurture their fellow Putnam neighbors.

The United States has 15,000 superintendents and approximately 149 are elected. It is time for Putnam to begin their move to the forefront in Florida and appoint their superintendent. This county school system has so much potential and can shine with a dedicated team of professionals.

Please join our journey to move Putnam County forward. This petition requires some 7,000 registered voters signatures by April 30, 2010 to have a place on your ballot in August. Feel free to pass this on to your friends, families and neighbors and encourage them to join the movement to improve our educational system. Our children are YOUR future!

Please write your school board district in the comments section:

District 1 (Milton)
District 2 (Wright)
District 3 (Parsons)
District 4 (Overturf)
District 5 (Barber)

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