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Flagler County superintendent to step down for state-level position

Jacob Oliva working with school board on timeline for his departure

Superintendent Jacob Oliva (Photo courtesy: Flagler County Schools)
Superintendent Jacob Oliva (Photo courtesy: Flagler County Schools)

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Flagler County Superintendent Jacob Oliva has given notice to the school board that he will be stepping down and taking an executive level position with the Florida Department of Education, the school district announced Tuesday. 

When the 2017-18 school year begins in Flagler County this August, Oliva will not be employed by the District for the first time in 17 years.

“When I reflect about our accomplishments and my personal growth and journey through education in Flagler Schools, I am forever grateful to each and every person that has impacted me throughout my journey," Oliva said. “I am excited about the opportunity to join a high-performing state-level team that will not only impact the achievement levels of the students in Flagler County but statewide."

Under Oliva, Flagler Schools became the first district in the State to implement a 1:1 initiative of putting technology into the hands of every student enrolled in a public school. It is a model which has garnered attention throughout the country. Graduation rates have steadily climbed to the highest point they have been in a decade.

Oliva has one final message to the Flagler Schools family:

“I just want to thank the School Board, our teachers, administrators, support staff, students and parents for all of their support and confidence they placed in me.  To our local governments, community leaders and partners the School District could not have grown into the premier learning organization it is today without your steadfast support.  Flagler Schools is the heart and soul of our community.  Flagler County will always hold a special place in my heart.  I am confident the initiatives that we have put forth together  and the partnerships we have cultivated will continue to evolve and grow as they impact our students and citizens for years to come.”

School Board members will begin laying out the process to find the next superintendent of Flagler Schools.

“We wish Jacob only the best as his career path takes a new turn. It will be good to have a friend of Flagler Schools in Tallahassee," said Trevor Tucker, board chairman.