The Calhoun County School District Superintendent Ralph Yoder has resigned from his position on Friday.
The resignation will take effect on april 14th. In Yoder’s resignation letter he said that he feels that him stepping down is in the best interest of the organization as a whole.
Yoder will be moving to a new position as the executive director of the Florida Transportation Commission. Governor Ron DeSantis will appoint Yoder’s replacement.
Here is Yoder’s Letter in full-
Dear Calhoun County Stakeholders:
Today, I informed the District and School Based Administrative Team, and all Calhoun County School District staff of my decision to resign as the Superintendent of Schools in Calhoun County. The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussion, and prayer.
I have accepted the position of Executive Director of the Florida Transportation Commission, beginning April 15, 2019. As I move into my new role, I will continue to serve the people of Calhoun County, just in a different capacity. I will advocate with Governor DeSantis’ office for the appointment of someone that is highly qualified and has the best interest of Calhoun County Schools at heart, to assume the Superintendency for the remainder of my term.
While serving as your Superintendent of Schools, for nearly 6 and a half years, our district has continued it commitment to excellence, gaining the distinction of becoming an “A” District in 2018. Our continued excellent school and district grades exemplify the level of dedication to instructional excellence by the faculty and staff of the Calhoun County School District. Our students have excelled in the classroom and in our athletic and academic programs.
The improvements to existing educational programs have afforded our students the opportunity to be college and/or career ready as they launch their lives beyond high school. The addition of aeronautics, corrections, CNA and building construction programs assist students to gain hand-on practical learning experiences that applicable to potential careers. The expansion of inter-county video conferencing instruction allowed additional students to be challenged in the classroom.
Since my election in 2012, the District secured the services of a reliable internet provider to service the technology needs in Calhoun County and were instrumental in securing the funding for the installation of sewer along SR 71 to Altha. These infrastructure improvements position our county and school district for future growth, likely well beyond our lifetimes.
In 2014, the District Administrative team secured the initial legislative funding to build state of the art facilities for the students in Altha. Most recently, I worked with district staff to submit a legislative funding request for necessary construction, repairs, and rebuilding for our damaged facilities due to the impacts of Hurricane Michael.
Safety has been a priority for me since my first day in office. We have secured each of our campuses with fencing and law enforcement officers, well before the legislative mandates were put in place following the loss of precious lives in Parkland in 2018.
The Calhoun County School District has been a part of my life as a student, parent, and Superintendent of Schools. It helped shaped me as a young man and provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime to give back and serve in a leadership role that I will always treasure.
My love for Calhoun County is simply great. My most sincere desire is for our school district to maintain its heritage of being a great place to work and an amazing place for students to gain a firm educational foundation.
While incredibly difficult, I feel that stepping down as your Superintendent of Schools is in the best interest of the organization as a whole.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the entire School District staff for welcoming me in 2012 and for supporting our collective efforts to maintain excellence in our organization. Most importantly, I want to thank the incredible administrators, staff, and their families who give their all to the students in the Calhoun County School District, each and every day.