Fired Volusia superintendent named principal of Flagler school

Flagler Palm Coast High School
Tom Russell

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

Former Volusia Schools Superintendent Tom Russell, who was fired in May, has been hired as the new principal of Flagler Palm Coast High School. 

He will become the 13th principal at the high school since it opened in 1974. 

“I expect Tom to do a wonderful job at Flagler Palm Coast High School,” Flagler School Superintendent James Tager announced on June 21 in a statement. 

“He is inheriting a great campus which is full of activity and expects to continue a long-standing tradition of excellence. As we went through this process, Tom came out as hungry, humble and smart. I feel he is the best choice for the FPC students, faculty, staff, and Flagler County community.” 

$244,300 payout 

Russell begins July 1. He replaces retiring principal Bob Wallace. 

On Tuesday, the Volusia County School Board agreed to a payout of $244,300 for Russell.

Volusia’s superintendent of schools since 2015, Russell was fired by board members relating to a lack of communication. Tim Egnor, former principal of Spruce Creek High School, was hired as the interim superintendent. 

‘Grateful’ to Tager 

Russell has more than two decades of experience in education as a teacher, principal and administrator. 

He holds a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern in Educational Leadership and a bachelor’s in English and History from Florida State University. 

“I am grateful to Superintendent Tager and the Flagler County School Board for giving me this opportunity to lead Flagler Palm Coast High School,” Russell said. 

“This school has played such a vital part in the Flagler County community and I am humbled to be asked to be a part of this.”

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