School district selects executive director of elementary schools

eearl@bradenton.comAugust 2, 2013 

MANATEE -- Manatee County School Superintendent Rick Mills has selected Scott Boyes to be executive director of elementary schools.

The school board will vote on whether to hire Boyes at its regular board meeting Aug. 12.

Boyes has been principal of Palma Sola Elementary School since 2011.

Boyes is also former principal of Samoset Elementary and a member of the school district budget committee for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

He grew up in St. Petersburg, where he attended Northeast High School.

Boyes' responsibilities as executive director of elementary schools will include visiting district schools that receive "D" and "F" grades and meeting with the teachers and principals of those schools to discuss ways to improve performance.

School board member Dave "Watchdog" Miner said he has known Boyes since their daughters were in Girl Scouts together.

"He has done a lot of wonderful things for the district at various schools," Miner said. "I think the superintendent has made a fine choice. He is familiar with the needs of our elementary schools and students."

School board member Barbara Harvey said she did not feel comfortable commenting until the board has an opportunity to discuss Boyes.

Calls to Boyes were not returned Thursday.

The school board hired Mary Murray as executive director of high schools and Cynthia Saunders as executive director of middle schools in June.

Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on twitter@ericabearl.

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