By Eric Daugherty
March 2, 2022 Updated 9:20 A.M. ET
ALACHUA COUNTY (FCV) – Late Tuesday night, the Alachua County School Board voted 3-2 to fire Superintendent Carlee Simon.
Governor Ron DeSantis (R) Press Secretary Christina Pushaw noted that she was one of the superintendents who violated a DeSantis Executive Order against force-masking kids in schools.
Simon was hired as Interim Superintendent in December 2020 after their former superintendent was fired. She became permanent on March 16, 2021, and the first efforts to remove her began back in May of 2021.
The removal process was rapid. On February 9, 2022, school board member Mildred Russell pushed for talks of her performance as Superintendent.
Then, Russell asked for her contract to be added to an upcoming meeting. Tuesday, Russell made a quick motion to terminate Simon’s contract, effective March 3rd, without cause.
“This is a political position, and I’ve been in education for a long time… The political world has really caused a lot of damage in education. It’s happening right now in Tallahassee, it’s happening in this situation,” Simon said in response to her possible termination.
Donna Jones was named Acting Superintendent, and in the next two weeks, a new Interim Superintendent will be chosen by the board.
School boards have become battlegrounds for parents voicing opposition to COVID-19 tyranny and peculiar woke and pro-Critical Race Theory ideology being implemented in schools.
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