Hastings to run for superintendent

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By Jim Clark

A face familiar to former students in all parts of Levy County is entering the race for school superintendent.

Robert Hastings, who retired as Chiefland High principal nearly two years ago, said last Thursday that he would enter the race.

While attending the Williston baseball game, he was asked if "rumblings of a candidacy" were true. "There are no rumblings," he said with a smile. "I'm running."

Hastings was the principal of Chiefland for five years, coming there after four years at Williston. He had also been principal at Cedar Key for six years, and was an administrator at Bronson for four years before that.

He is currently a member of the Central Florida Community College Board of Trustees.

"I want to make some improvements. I think it's necessary to go beyond the FCAT.

"I believe in accountability, but the FCAT shouldn't be the finish line. We have to prepare the kids beyond the FCAT."

Current administrator Jeff Edison is also expected to run for the office being vacated by Cliff Norris, who announced earlier that he would not seek re-election.