Charlotte County Public Schools superintendent to retire

Writer: Melissa Montoya
Charlotte County schools Superintendent Steve Dionisio is stepping down. (CREDIT: Charlotte County Schools)

Charlotte County Schools Superintendent Steve Dionisio has announced his plan to retire at the end of the school year.

In an email sent to the school district, Dionisio said he will stay on as long as needed to help find a replacement to lead the school district, which educates more than 15,000 students.

Dionisio arrived in Charlotte County as a sixth-grade student at Neil Armstrong Elementary School in 1979. After graduation, he became a teacher for nine years before becoming a school-based leader for 16 years.

He has been superintendent for eight years.

“We have accomplished so many things in Charlotte County Schools, none of which would have been possible without the incredible team I have been fortunate enough to work with,” Dionisio said. “We have battled budget crises, referendums, standards changing, pandemics and hurricanes together. I have said many times, there is no community I would choose to go through difficult times with other than Charlotte County.”

Dionisio earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University, according to the Charlotte County Public Schools website.

It’s unclear how long it will take to find a replacement.

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