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Hanna Has No Plans For Immediate School Changes


Leon County’s new superintendent Rocky Hanna will be sworn in to office in a few weeks and the transition to new leadership is already underway but he says he  won’t make any immediate personnel changes.

The race for Leon County School Superintendent generated jittery observers down the district's roster amid fears that whoever wins would get revenge on supporters of his opponent. But incoming Superintendent Rocky Hanna says that's not his style.

“There’s not going to be sudden changes over night. I’m going to sit back and evaluate and talk to key people. We have so many good folks working in our school system that we need to get some advice. I need to listen to them and find out where we can become more efficient… consolidate departments and programs, and push that money down to the classroom and teachers where it belongs," he said on Election Night following a victory speech to supporters.

Most of the district’s staff and administrators are on annual contracts which expire in June. Hanna beat Jackie Pons in the primary to take over as superintendent of Leon County Schools. Pons says he wants to step aside quietly and let Hanna take over. He's not planning to do much if any public speaking in the next two weeks as his time in office comes to an end.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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