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Norton appointed to FHSAA board

Jim Norton, the superintendent of Gulf District Schools, was appointed to the Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors by Governor Ron DeSantis on August 22. 

The FHSAA Board of Directors is the executive authority of the Association, which is a not-for-profit organization designated by the Florida Legislature as the governing organization to regulate all interscholastic activities of high schools in Florida.

Norton will serve a three-year terms and is eligible to succeed himself in office once. 

He joins seven other new appointees to the 13-member board, which was overhauled by the Florida legislature earlier this year. The boards remaining members will be elected by membership.

“I think Governor DeSantis and the legislature have become frustrated with the FHSAA over the last few years,” said Norton. “…I think that I’ve been an advocate for change, and that doesn’t mean that we’re after the leadership of the FHSAA, but there has to be new blood, new ideas, new minds, new thoughts that represent the large values that are the bulk of people in the state of Florida, but also the small, local places we comes from’s values.”

“… We’ve got to make it more local. We can’t make it bigger than Florida.”

Norton said he first began seeking an appointment to the FHSAA board several years ago and submitted an application for the position in May of this year.

Along with being the superintendent of Gulf District Schools, Norton is the President of the local Lions Club and was previously appointed to the Gulf Coast State College District Board of Trustees. 

Norton earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Troy University and his juris doctor from Faulkner University.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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