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Karen Clarke steps down as Superintendent of Alachua County Public Schools

Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 3:32 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Karen Clarke steps down as Superintendent of Alachua County Public Schools.

Clarke announced her decision to step down in a letter to board members on Tuesday. In the letter she expressed not only her appreciation to serving district students but she also highlighted the number of accomplishments that occurred during her time.

“I am honored to have spent nearly 29 years as an educator with Alachua County Public Schools and am very proud to have led this wonderful district for the past 3 ½ years,” wrote Clarke in her letter to board members. “I am sure that with the support of the Board, the staff and the entire community, this district will continue to achieve great things.”

Clarke tells TV20 that her decision to step down wasn’t an easy one but believes that since the school board will see a new face later this month, they should decide who will be chosen next to lead the school district.

“You know anytime you know you have a new board coming in, and especially with a lot of decisions to be made coming up - you know we have a lot of stuff with zoning and facilities and things like that," she said. "It’s just really important for the superintendent to have full confidence in the board and that they are able to select, you know have their choice of superintendent.”

Clarke has led the Alachua County School District since the start of the 2017-2018 school year and worked for the district for nearly 30 years.

She will step down from her position on June 30, 2021.

Here is a copy of the letter:

Karen Clarke's letter to board members saying she is stepping down as Alachua County Public...
Karen Clarke's letter to board members saying she is stepping down as Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent.(ACPS)

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