Superintendent Bobby Pearce has been named to two leadership positions in educational organizations that represent public school districts in Florida.
First, the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) named Superintendent Pearce to its Board of Directors. He now represents Area II, which consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla school districts.
FADSS divides Florida school districts into seven areas, with all public school districts represented. It is a forum for superintendents who are elected and appointed; from large and small districts; and from rural, urban, and suburban areas.
Superintendent Pearce represents Area II school districts by voicing concerns of their superintendents to FADSS to take to state and federal education decision makers. In turn, if FADSS needs information from school districts for state and federal decision makers, Superintendent Pearce is responsible for gathering and reporting this data.
FADSS also provides a variety of professional training and networking opportunities for superintendents to constantly improve their leadership skills.
Secondly, Superintendent Pearce was named Vice-Chairman of the Small School District Council Consortium (SSDCC), which consists of 36 small and rural districts.
The SSDCC was formed in 1983 in an effort to give small school districts a venue to consolidate their voices. Their main focus is to promote small district issues with the Florida Legislature, statewide elected officials, and the Florida Department of Education leaders.
Superintendent Pearce notes, “I understand many of the unique issues that small and rural districts must find solutions to, like having a smaller tax base and higher transportation costs. Maintaining a high performing school district in spite of our challenges is vital to me. To be able to speak for other school districts that face some of the same challenges is an honor.”