It was a series of firsts on Wednesday for Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II: his first time on the dais at his first School Board meeting as Superintendent; his official swearing-in as Palm Beach County’s first African-American Superintendent; his first appearance before hundreds of School District employees and community leaders as the chief executive of the nation’s 10th largest school district.
“Now it’s time to go to work,” Dr. Fennoy said as he took his place on the dais. “I’m excited, and thank you again for everything. To my family and to my son and everyone, just thank you.”
Dr. Fennoy, Palm Beach County’s 26th superintendent, was sworn in by the Honorable Bradley Harper, the first African-American judge elected to his position in Palm Beach County without first being appointed by a governor. Dr. Fennoy’s son, Donald III, was by his father’s side during the ceremony.
Prior to Wednesday’s ceremony in the Board room, Dr. Fennoy greeted hundreds of District employees, community leaders and other guests who gathered in the cafeteria.
“I’m just thankful. I’m humble,” Dr. Fennoy said. “And I just hope that we all keep the main focus, which is our kids.”
The audience gave Dr. Fennoy a standing ovation.