By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 12, 2019
Dr. Karen Pickles (Photo: Madison County Schools)
MADISON, Fla. (WCTV) – Madison County School Superintendent Dr. Karen Pickles is resigning.
Pickles says she feels she is no longer effective in the position and cannot get anything done because of disagreements with the school board.
The school district is under financial pressure and has considered closing schools and laying off dozens of faculty to cut costs.
Pickles says board members are not listening to her cost-cutting proposals and are instead making decisions that are further eroding the district’s finances.
The superintendent says she has submitted her resignation letter to the governor. Her last day on the job will be April 30th.
Pickles was elected superintendent in November 2016. Prior to that, she served one term on the school board.
Chair of the board, Carol Gibson, said Friday that she thanks Dr. Pickles for her work and what she's done for the district, saying she knows she will be successful in her future endeavors. She says there have been disagreements between her and the board, but she wasn’t elected to agree with the superintendent, she was elected to do what’s right for the kids.
Gibson says the board always took her recommendations into consideration but didn’t always feel they were best for the students. Gibson added that the number one priority of the board has been, and always will be, the students and they look forward to working with whomever the governor elects.
Madison County has five public schools, two public charter schools, one alternative school, and two DJJ facilities, with approximately 2675 students.
The district’s annual budget for 2017-18 was more than $19 million.