Hillsborough County chooses new superintendent

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Welcome to Hillsborough County, Addison Davis.

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, Hillsborough County started its search for a new superintendent. On Jan. 21, the district chose Addison Davis, Clay County’s current superintendent. This marks the first time in 50 years that the chosen superintendent candidate was not from the District of Hillsborough County.

After narrowing the search to three people, the school board chose the new superintendent who will begin his duties in the 2020-2021 school year. “I will make bold and courageous decisions on behalf of students,” Davis said.

A key point to Davis’ goal as superintendent is raising the literacy rate of all students. “It starts in the cradle,” he said when he proposed the idea of creating care packages for the parents of newborns that includes books and instructions on how to teach phonics and reading. Davis pushes this concept so that by the time those children enter school, they already have the foundation needed to build a higher reading level.

Davis also emphasized the need to become more fiscally responsible both in the short and long term. “Students will feel arms wrapped around them from the district level,” he said.