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Rocky Hanna Will Remain Superintendent Of Leon County Schools

Rocky Hanna wears a dark blue polo shirt with a Leon County Schools logo on it. He stands at a podium with a mic propped up on it. Hanna looks to reporters as he speaks. Behind him are staff wearing face masks.
Robbie Gaffney
Rocky Hanna won the Leon County Schools Superintendent race.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna will keep his job. He secured 30,000 more votes than challenger Pam Hightower. Hanna says he's proud of the work the school district has done over the past four years but he says his job isn't finished, especially with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"It's my job to guide us safely, our children, and our employees safely through this pandemic and to make good on the promises I made our community four years ago," Hanna says.

He's looking forward to overseeing an initiative that will give more laptops to students.

"Every child at every school will have a brand-new laptop before Thanksgiving—this is a game-changer. If anything positive has come out of this pandemic, it has forced our hand with technology and has forced our hand to invest the resources to have a computer for every child," Hanna says.

Hightower says despite losing the race, she's not done advocating for children. Moving forward, she has her eye on several issues.

"I want to work on reading. I want to work on making sure that we are doing mental health and educating our African American community. And also, working with the community and working with parents to get parents involved in their kid's education even more," Hightower says.

Hightower says she's also concerned about the school to prison pipeline and the learning gap between students.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.