Superintendent Announces Resignation

Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D., Announces Resignation
Posted on 07/13/2021
On July 13, School District of Palm Beach County Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D., announced to the School Board that he will be resigning from his position, effective October 11, 2021.

“While I will always treasure my time here as Superintendent, I have made the personal decision that it is time for me to step away,” Dr. Fennoy said. “The decision to leave this honorable position was made after careful thought, discussion with my family, and self-reflection.”

The School Board hired Dr. Fennoy as Superintendent of Schools in March 2018, making him the District’s 26th Superintendent and the first African American Superintendent in Palm Beach County.

Dr. Fennoy is first credited with spearheading robust changes to school security and mental health programs following the 2018 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 then produced many challenges that Dr. Fennoy turned into an opportunity to remove barriers for students who did not have access to digital technology or internet connection from home.

In partnership with local municipalities, Palm Beach County, The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, and public and private funders, Dr. Fennoy helped launch the Digital Inclusion Initiative to build a Wi-Fi mesh network to connect more than 25,000 students to free high-speed internet. The District also achieved a 1:1 student-to-device ratio ahead of schedule in early fall of 2020.

Dr. Fennoy also oversaw the successful reopening of school campuses in September 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic while offering simultaneous instruction for both in-person and distance learning students. Under his leadership, the graduation rate increased from 91.7% in 2018 to 94.4% in 2020 at District-operated schools.

“I’d like to thank you for the honor of serving as Superintendent and entrusting me with the profound responsibility of setting the benchmark for the education of your children,” Dr. Fennoy stated in an email to parents. “To me, there is no greater or more rewarding responsibility than helping children reach their full potential.”

Prior to being named Superintendent, Dr. Fennoy served as the District’s Chief Operating Officer for two years. He is credited with significantly improving operational efficiencies across the nine departments within his division, in addition to creating organizational structures to successfully execute $1.3 billion in tax referendum projects. He also managed District operations during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017.

In an email to staff, Superintendent Fennoy stated: “I am incredibly proud of the work that we have accomplished as a team over the last five years in our mutual and ongoing commitment to ensuring academic excellence for our students. The past 15 months, in particular, have presented challenges, but because of our resilient and dedicated staff, we have turned challenges into opportunities for growth.”

Dr. Fennoy assures parents that the high-quality education that children have received will continue through the remainder of his time serving the District and well beyond. He looks forward to continuing to serve the Palm Beach County community in other ways while also spending more quality time with his family.

Read Superintendent Fennoy’s resignation letter here.

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