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Manatee County School District deputy superintendent resigns

In this file photo, Don Hall hugs Diana Greene, deputy superintendent, after being sworn in Wednesday as interim superintendent of Manatee County District Schools.
In this file photo, Don Hall hugs Diana Greene, deputy superintendent, after being sworn in Wednesday as interim superintendent of Manatee County District Schools.

After “a great deal of reflection,” the deputy superintendent of operations for the Manatee County School District is resigning.

Don Hall submitted his resignation letter to the district earlier this month effective June 30. A small going-away party was held Thursday for Hall, Superintendent Diana Greene said.

“I have enjoyed my time with the district and all of the wonderful people I have met inside and outside the school district,” Hall wrote in a letter to Greene dated June 2. Hall was not present at the May 24 or the June 14 Manatee County School Board meetings.

Hall was hired as deputy superintendent by then-Superintendent Rick Mills in May 2013. For a short period in May 2015, Hall served as the school district interim superintendent after Mills abruptly retired and before the school board decided to promote Greene from deputy superintendent of instruction to superintendent.

Hall supported Greene taking on the superintendent position and said he was happy to serve in his role as deputy superintendent.

Greene said it was really hard to see Hall go, especially since they had such a close relationship working as deputy superintendents.

“When you’re at this level, it’s very hard to confide in other people because they’re not walking in your shoes,” Greene said about their time together as deputy superintendents. “You have to rely on each other.”

The deputy superintendent of operations is one of two deputy superintendent positions under Greene. The other is the deputy superintendent of instruction, a position held by Cynthia Saunders. As deputy superintendent of operations, Hall oversaw all school district business functions, including many support functions such as transportation.

Hall’s direct reports will work with Greene for now, she said. Out of respect for Hall, Greene said she is not planning to fill the position immediately.

“It’s going to take time,” she said. “It’s always been a collaborative team. That won’t change.”

Meghin Delaney: 941-745-7081, @MeghinDelaney

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