Former GCPS leader in bid for Florida superintendent post

SUWANEE -- A retired associate superintendent from Gwinnett County Public Schools is a finalist for the post of Duval County Superintendent near Jacksonville, Fla.

The school district's board of education has narrowed it down to a list of five candidates, one of which will lead the system's 183 schools, serving 125,000 students. Among the finalists: longtime GCPS leader Dale Robbins.

Hired by Gwinnett County Public Schools on July 15, 1996, Robbins got his start as the district's social studies coordinator. Over the next several years he would serve as principal of Parkview High School, district director of school improvement and area superintendent.

In July 2008, he was named associate superintendent for teaching and learning. He retired from the district earlier this year.

"Mr. Robbins did a very good job for us here in Gwinnett and I feel he would serve Duval well if he were selected as their superintendent," said GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.

According to the Duval County Public Schools website, the school district is "committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and culturally diverse world."

DCPS is divided into four clusters: elementary turnaround schools, elementary schools, secondary turnaround schools and secondary schools. The county covers about 918 square miles.

The district's school board expects to make a decision in coming weeks.