Community input needed on search for new superintendent

By NewsLine Staff

The St. Johns County School Board will hold a Community Forum on Tuesday, April 5 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the School District Administrative Building, 40 Orange Street, to gather input from the public as they start the search process for a new superintendent. Feedback and characteristics will be solicited from attendees to assist in determining what the public desires in the future superintendent of the St. Johns County School District.

The new superintendent will be chosen in the fall and is slated to begin in early 2017 when Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner retires following a long and very distinguished career including over 13 years as the Superintendent of Schools in St. Johns County.

This forum is just one way for the public to be involved in the search process. A Citizens Advisory Committee will be created to assist in the review of applicants based on the district’s qualifications and public feedback. Community members interested in serving on this committee are requested to submit an application. The application must be postmarked or submitted by close of business Monday, April 25 and is available online on the district’s website at

In addition, a survey will be made available through individual schools and on the district’s website beginning Friday, April 15 to seek input on the characteristics of the next superintendent. The survey will be disseminated using the district’s mass notification system via email as well.

“Our school system is a testament to the success of St. Johns County and it is very important to have the public involved in the superintendent search,” said School Board Chair Patrick Canan. “I encourage everyone who has children in our schools or loves our community to participate in one or all of these options to make your voice heard.”