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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - With his first 90 days in the bag, Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa says he's ready to release his findings on what's right and what's wrong.

Among the findings is restoring trust back into the district.

Avossa says he came up with the 20 page report by listening, asking the tough questions and analyzing what needs to be done.

Avossa met with several groups and says he found distrust of the district in the community. Moving forward Avossa says he making it his priority to regain that trust by holding people accountable for their mistakes and improving transparency.

"From a cultural stand point it's clear that we have to do a better job holding ourselves accountable, making sure we use the money and the resources given from this community very wisely and that when people step out and make tough decisions we support them,” Avossa said.

Avossa told school board members Wednesday there's work to be done: finding fat in the budget, closing the achievement gap among minority groups and expanding choice programs.

Efficiencies at the central office have been mentioned by Avossa, he says he will eliminate positions that won't help children graduate.

Read the report.

On the note of accountability, the district fired 4 employees: two bus drivers for leaving a three-year-old on a bus, a bus driver for forcing a child to hug him and a custodian for getting into a physical fight with his wife, a fellow employee on school grounds. 

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