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Chief academic officer resigns from Hillsborough County schools

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The chief academic officer of Hillsborough County Public Schools resigned Wednesday, reports Marlene Sokol of the Tampa Bay Times.

Elizabeth Agresta resigned her post due to personal reasons according to district spokeswoman Tanya Arja. Superintendent Jeff Eakins accepted Agresta’s resignation and extended his best wishes.

Agresta said the following to her employees in the district’s Office of Teaching and Learning:

“This afternoon, Jeff announced to the cabinet members that I have made the decision to resign from my position as Chief Academic Officer.  I wanted to reach out to each of you as well. Jeff shared with me that the philosophy and ideas behind the reorganization will be continued.

What excited me the most when I accepted the position was the vision of us all uniting to identify and meet challenges together, and break through the ‘normal work mode’ to model and implement new practices with forward thinking, innovation, and a renewed spirit of excellence.  During this time of change, I encourage you to keep moving forward and don’t let anything or anyone stop you from delivering your very best.

Please know that I wish the district only the very best in the years to come and I am pulling for each of you to have great success!”

Her exit leaves another empty position under Eakins. The district has not yet replaced T.G. Taylor, who left his position as chief of community relations in November.


Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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