Manatee County School Board approves Diana Greene as superintendent for at least 1 year

BRADENTON — Diana Greene will serve as Manatee County School District superintendent for one year starting June 1, after Manatee County School Board member Charlie Kennedy's motion was approved Tuesday by all five board members.

Greene, now deputy superintendent of instruction, has appeared to be the community favorite for the permanent superintendent job since Rick Mills announced in late April he was going to retire two years early from his district contract.

After hearing from the community members who widely supported putting Greene right into the role, Kennedy said he made the motion to authorize the board attorney to enter into a one-year contract negotiation with Greene.

“I think to say, given her experience with us, all the good things about her, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say we at least owe her a year to see what she can do,” Kennedy said. “By giving her a one-year contract we let her establish herself as a superintendent.”

It gives the district time to do a climate survey and time to see Greene come out from former Superintendent Mills’ shadow, Kennedy said. Kennedy stipulated the climate survey should be done within three months. A climate survey is a poll of stakeholders, including teachers and community members, on how the district should move forward and improve.

The motion was seconded by Karen Carpenter.

“She’s got my vote and I will tell you if she gets to be superintendent, or whoever is superintedent, I will support them. I will not put my foot out to trip them,” Carpenter said.

Greene reiterated her desire to be superintendent.

“Again, I love Manatee County,” she said. “I want to be here in Manatee County. My desire is to be the superintendent for Manatee County Public Schools.”