LaShakia Moore was sworn in as the Flagler County School District's interim superintendent on Friday, June 30.
Moore replaces Cathy Mittelstadt, whose three-year contract ran out on June 30. Moore is slated to lead Flagler Schools until Jan. 1, 2024.
The School Board is planning to choose a new superintendent on Nov. 7 from a group of finalists, with the superintendent's first day on the job slated to be Jan. 1. Moore will be allowed to apply for the position and will be able to return to her assistant superintendent's position if another person is hired.
Moore has been the assistant superintendent for academic services since June 2022. The previous year, she was the district's director of teaching and learning after serving as the principal of Rymfire Elementary School for three years.
As director of teaching and learning, Moore developed the district's parent opt-out policy for library materials. She has been a teacher and administrator with the district since 2004.
Moore was sworn in by Flagler County Court Judge Melissa Distler at the School Board's special meeting to close out the 2022-23 fiscal year.
In her first public comment as the interim superintendent, she thanked the board for the opportunity.
"It definitely is an honor to serve our community. I've been invested here in this community for a long time," she said. "And so we want to continue to move forward with great work that has already started, really focusing on student achievement, also helping to stabilize our organization through internal standard operating procedures as well as working collectively with our community stakeholders in order to ensure that we're providing the best education possible for our students that also meets the needs of our community as well. So, I'm really excited about this opportunity and I look forward to the next six months."
On June 29, the Florida Department of Education released end-of-the-year FAST assessment scores. Flagler County students surpassed the state average in English Language Arts scores in seven out of the eight grades that take the test (third through 10th). In math, the county surpassed the state average in five of the six grades that take the test (third through eighth).