Brevard Public Schools Set To Approve Three New Cabinet Members

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TO BE APPROVED AT January 24 board meeting

The School Board of Brevard County is poised to select three new members to join Dr. Desmond Blackburn’s cabinet, including the assistant superintendent of government and community relations, the assistant superintendent of secondary leading and learning, and an assistant superintendent/chief information officer. (BPS images)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The School Board of Brevard County is poised to select three new members to join Dr. Desmond Blackburn’s cabinet, including the assistant superintendent of government and community relations, the assistant superintendent of secondary leading and learning, and an assistant superintendent/chief information officer. 

Blackburn will bring these three names forward for approval at the January 24, 2017 board meeting:

• MATT REED: The recommended assistant superintendent of government and community relations, Matt Reed, comes to the district with over 26 years of experience in communications and public relations.

Most recently, he was Florida Today’s award-winning editorial page editor, public-interest columnist and TV-program host.

Matt Reed

Dr. Desmond Blackburn

• DR. STEPHANIE SOLIVEN: Having served as an administrator in the BPS system since 2004, Dr. Stephanie Soliven, current principal of Cocoa High, will serve as the district’s new assistant superintendent of secondary leading and learning.

• RUSSELL CHEATHAM: Stepping into the role of chief information officer, Russell Cheatham, who has been with the district since 2003, will lead BPS’s team of education technology professionals.

“I am so excited to welcome these exceptional individuals to the BPS leadership team,” said Blackburn.

Stephanie Soliven

Russell Cheatham

“I have no doubt that their professional experiences and expertise will contribute to setting excellence as the standard for the district.”

Pending an affirmative vote by the board members, Soliven and Cheatham will begin work on January 25 and Reed will start on January 30.

Rachad Wilson, currently the principal at Endeavour Elementary in Cocoa, will replace Soliven as principal at Cocoa High pending board approval.

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