School District of Palm Beach County Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy is resigning from his position effective October 11, 2021 roughly two months after the 2021/22 academic year begins on Aug. 10.
He says he is exercising the right in his contract to give a 90 day notice to the school board.
Fennoy, the first African American school chief did receive some criticism for a lack of communication during the difficult return to school during the pandemic buy the school board stood by him.
School District of Palm Beach County Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II announced that he will be resigning from his position, effective October 11, 2021. Dr. Fennoy's resignation letter is attached.
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In Dr. Fennoy’s resignation letter he says the last 15 months have been challenging, but he does not give a reason for resigning just that he made the decision after careful thought, self reflection and discussion with his family.
“The decision to leave this honorable position was made after careful thought, discussion with my family, and self-reflection,” Fennoy wrote. “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.”
A spokeswoman for the School District of Palm Beach County said Fennoy is resigning to spend more time with his family, not to take another job.
His successor has not been chosen yet.