Flagler County School Board chooses next superintendent of schools

Contract negotiations to begin with James Tager

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The Flagler County School Board chose the next superintendent of schools Tuesday night.

After a nationwide search and a three-day interview process, James Tager was unanimously chosen from three finalists.

Tager, who is currently the principal of Atlantic High School in Port Orange, has spent the last 11 years as a school or district administrator with Volusia County Schools.

School officials said during his tenure as principal, students' grades at New Smyrna Beach Middle School and later New Smyrna Beach High School went from a B to an A. Then, as deputy superintendent for Volusia Schools in 2014-15, the district grade rose from a C to a B.

Tager has a BA in elementary education and special education from Flagler College, received his masters in administration and supervision from Nova Southeastern University and began his teaching career in 1982.

Flagler School officials said the contract negotiation process will now begin, adding that their goal is to have Tager in place by June 1.

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