Raa Middle School is losing a leader but gaining an ally. Principal Donna Callaway is joining the ranks of the state Board of Education.
Donna says, "From what I understand, help implement and coordinate the policy for all k-20 schools in Florida."
Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Callaway a former classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and media specialist to the position, which should help her carry out the board's goal of providing a seamless k-20 system in Florida.
Callaway adds, "I've been in all of them. I hope I can pull it together."
Here today, gone tomorrow best describes the announcement of Callaway's departure. In the meantime, assistant principal Carl Misener is filling the void.
Carl says, "Leadership felt for many years. We know our roles and we are doing our best."
Now the district is left looking for a new principal mid-year, yet the pool of applicants runs deep.
Bill Montford, Superintendent of Leon County Schools, says, "Several applicants already, plenty with experience, good group of candidates."
Although Callaway looks forward to her new role, it's a bittersweet moment because she's saying good-bye to the kids.
Donna Callaway is replacing William Proctor on the state Board of Education, who was recently elected to the state Legislature.