Interim School Superintendent Appointed

Gov. Jeb Bush names an interim superintendent for Leon County schools.

Dr. James Marcel Croteau, or Jim, has been appointed interim superintendent of Leon County schools.

Croteau says he's honored by and ready for the new post, "I don't think we're going to make any major changes. We're going to continue the good work that we've done. The goal is to have a smooth opening of school in the fall and support the teachers and the principals, the district staff who are working to make that happen."

Croteau will begin as interim school superintendent on July 7, when Supt. Bill Montford begins his new job as the CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

Montford says he's confident in the governor's appointee, "Dr. Croteau is very well respected, not only among his associates here throughout the school district, but he also has a reputation of being a fair and honest person. He's somebody who makes good, timely decisions. If you look over the years, his decisions have been very sound and they're data-based. He'll do a great job."

Croteau has served in many capacities with Leon County schools, including an elementary school teacher and executive director for planning and policy, to his current role as assistant superintendent for business services.

But with 35 years under his belt, Croteau says he's not interested in being school superintendent permanently. Croteau will head the district until the November election.

In the race for superintendent of Leon County schools is Assistant Supt. Iris Wilson, and Deerlake Middle School Principal Jackie Pons.