The Florida Times-Union reports that the Clay County school district has lost an unusually talented superintendent.
Ben Wortham closed his office door behind him last week ending a 43-year journey that has taken him from the classroom to superintendent of Clay County schools…
Three weeks after he became superintendent in 2008, the state cut the district’s funding by 5 percent. That was a $16 million loss in the middle of the school year. It was the first in a continuing series of similar state funding cuts to school districts statewide…
He said the district’s weathered the financial storm “with just a minimum of disruption to our district in the way of classroom and personnel.”
Clay is designated “an academically high performing” district by the Florida Department of Education. It’s one of 17 such districts statewide.
It also ranks 12th by student achievement statewide. It has an overall grade of “A” from the state. Clay’s graduation rate is 94 percent, while its dropout rate is 1.2 percent annually.
He was defeated by a fellow Republican who made a campaign issue out of “See You At The Pole” prayer rallies.