Diane Kornegay was appointed Superintendent of Lake County Schools in January 2017 after a national search.
Lake is the 19th largest school district in Florida with about 43,000 students, 50 learning sites (including Lake Virtual School and Lake Technical College) and more than 5,500 employees, which makes it the county’s largest employer.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Kornegay served as Deputy Superintendent in the School District of Clay County, where she was responsible for the daily operation and management of the district. She oversaw the allocation of financial and human resources based on annual student enrollment and student needs, evaluated the annual performance of school principals and other district administrators, and assisted all district administrators in the implementation of policies and practices in a manner that aligned with all district, state and federal requirements. She also helped principals resolve school-level problems and responded to the needs of all stakeholders, building positive relationships through ongoing communication.
Ms. Kornegay began her education career in 1987 as a second-grade teacher in Duval County, helping to open a new inner-city school that served as a magnet program for technology. She worked as the school’s technology teacher for grades K-5 until becoming the Teacher Instructional Support (Assistant Principal). She developed a school television studio that was used to enhance students’ communication skills, and she hosted two televised after-school programs that included a live studio audience of students from local schools.
Ms. Kornegay served as Principal at three elementary schools before being appointed Director of School Improvement, Professional Development and Assessment and later Assistant Superintendent for Instruction (Pre K-Adult), both in Clay County. She accepted the role of Deputy Superintendent in June 2015.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision, both from the University of North Florida.
As Superintendent in Lake, Ms. Kornegay is committed to ensuring that the vision and mission of Lake County Schools become a reality for every child. She is working with all stakeholders, listening and learning with the intent to fully understand each school community’s strengths, challenges and opportunities for improvement. She brings a proven record of improving student achievement and the leadership needed to build upon the district’s successes and take Lake County Schools to a new level of academic excellence.