Osceola County School Board Selects Dr. Debra Pace As Next Superintendent
The Osceola County School Board has unanimously named Dr. Debra Pace to succeed retiring Superintendent Melba Luciano. Dr. Pace will bring to the position a wealth of administrative experience in education, ranging from positions as Principal of both Poinciana High and Harmony High in Osceola County (2003-2008), as well as Deputy Superintendent for Secondary Administration for the Osceola School District (2008-2011). She currently holds the position of Associate Superintendent for Human Resources Services Division for Brevard Public Schools (2011-present). She earned her bachelor's degree in Foreign Language - International Trade from Auburn University, and both a master's degree in English Education and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Pace has a proven track record of successfully raising student achievement and closing the gap for all students for college/career readiness, graduation rate, and drop out rate. She has done this by holding high expectations for student performance, strategically aligning resources and allocations in direct service to students, and building and sustaining strong collaborative relationships inside the school district and in the community.
Melba Luciano, Osceola's current Superintendent, will retire on July 31, 2016. Dr. Pace will work collaboratively with Mrs. Luciano over a period of time to be determined by the School Board to ensure a smooth transition.