Palm Beach County has a new School Superintendent.
Last night the Palm Beach County school board voted Dr. Donald Fennoy 5-2 as the new Superintendent to replace Robert Avossa. He beat out two other highly qualified finalists.
Fennoy was the only applicant with a child in the school system.
Fennoy, 41, is the first African-American to lead the school district, the 11th-largest in the country, with 183,000 students, a $2.9 billion budget and 22,000 employees.
Fennoy minimized the milestone and said: “I don’t lead from the idea of my race. I want to see amazing educational opportunities for all kids.”
The school system is the largest employer in Palm Beach County.
Fennoy has been the district’s chief operating officer since May 2016. He supervises school police, transportation, food service, maintenance, planning, environmental services and business diversity programs.
After a contract is negotiated with a salary between $250 and 300,000, Fennoy will be sworn in a week from today.
Fennoy was born in New Mexico and got his bachelor’s degree at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, and his master’s and doctorate at the University of Central Florida.
He has been married for 16 years and has two children; one attends a Wellington elementary school.