CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – The outgoing leader of the Clay County School District gave the annual State of the Schools Address on Tuesday evening, and he said students are in good hands.
Addison Davis took office in 2016, and after just over three years in his role, he resigned this week. It was the formal step after accepting a job leading the Hillsborough County School District. He’ll start that job in a week.
Davis’ speech focused on what he’s accomplished in Clay County. and that stood out to people in the audience.
“I think we’ve done some monumental work together, because it wasn’t done in isolation,” Davis said. “Hats off to each of you.”
Davis’ comments stood out to people in the audience.
“I think Addison had a very Dynamic speech. I think he’s done a lot for Clay County,” said Virginia Collins.
Before the night was over, the changing of the guard took place. David Broskie, who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, was introduced and ceremonially sworn in as the interim superintendent. He begins his role on March 2.
“In all seriousness, it’s a tough act to follow when you follow Addison Davis,” Broskie said. “The standard is high.”
People in Clay County seem to hope he continues the path the District is already on.
“I thought it was great. I thought it was inspiring particularly the aspect about children with disabilities and minority involvement in the schools,” said Nicole Saunders. "I love that he made that a priority, and I really hope the new superintendent will keep that going.
Broskie has served 30 years in Clay County schools, beginning as a teacher and coach. He can run for election to the position in the fall. Two other candidates have already filed.