Success Inspires Owens to Seek Third Term as Superintendent

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer

Superintendent David Owens, who has worked in educationr for the past 36 years, will seek a third term at the helm of the Clay County school district.

"I love what I do and I love where I do it," he said. "Everything I have ever done in education -- teaching, coaching, assistant principal, principal or whatever -- I always look forward to going to work, even in the hard times."

Owens, 60, filed papers with the Supervisor of Elections Office to seek re-election to a third four-year term. He was first elected superintendent in 1996. His said his focuses have always been student achievement, discipline and morale.

He said he has enjoyed watching the progress of students and schools, as well as the district as a whole. Improved academic achievement levels are the result of a team effort of "such good people" in the schools and the district office.

"When you see success, when you see the system making progress, it fuels your fire," he said. "When I used to see a kid having a difficult time and then see the light turn on . . . it flips my switch, too. If I wasn't enjoying it, I wouldn't be around."

Although Clay is one of the best performing school districts in the state, Owens said he is working hard to change its status as one of the lowest-funded school districts.

"During these hard economic times when the county is growing at such a rapid pace, it is important to have a superintendent who has the knowledge and experience to maintain the high-quality schools that we currently have in Clay County," he said. "I appreciate the encouragement and support I have received . . . and I will continue to make high academic standards a top priority, as well as teaching the values of honor and respect in our schools."

Owens has worked in the Clay County school district for 31 years. Before that, he worked in Georgia schools for four years and one year in Seminole County. …