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New Palm Beach Co. School superintendent is a man with a vision

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New Palm Beach County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Avossa says being superintendent is a people business.

But beneath the surface of his likeable personality, he’s known for being relentless when working toward his vision.

“I’m already seeing there are some areas we need to improve,” Avossa said at the district headquarters Thursday.

Among the areas Avossa is zeroing in on include making the 9thlargest school district in the country feel smaller and building a brand.

He comes to Palm Beach County from Fulton, County Georgia where he made headlines for negotiation a ten percent raise for teachers.

“The way I managed the budget for three years there set us up for the wonderful opportunity for our employees who needed a significant raise. It’s too early to tell what can be done here,” Avossa said.

Avossa is going over the district’s nearly 2 billion dollar budget.

Reporters who covered him Fulton County said he is “no nonsense.”

Within two years of him taking over that district, nearly half of principals and school leaders either left the district, were fired, or retired.

“In that situation, too many people were promoted that weren’t prepared to take on the challenges,” Avossa said.

Avossa says being transparent and open with teachers, students, and the public is important to him.

He is active on social media with over 5000 twitter followers.

“I like tweeting. I like social media. There is a little risk that people might put something ugly out there, but they are going to do it anyway. Why not be honest about it and cut the rumors off early,” Avossa said.

He says he will spend the first couple of months in his new role talking to employees, parents, and students to gauge where the district is going.

He has two children of his own who will attend Palm Beach County Schools.

“One of the benefits of having students participate in the district is that you have the dinner time discussion. So not only am I leading the district, but I am a customer of the district,” Avossa said.

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