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James Williams vying for top job in Florida district: Read his full application

What's James Williams up to these days?

That's one of the most common questions I've been getting lately.

I hadn't really heard much about his latest endeavors until yesterday, when I got an email from a reader letting me know that he had surfaced as a candidate for the superintendent's job in Duval County, Fla. Today's story covers the highlights.

Williams last dayA couple of other tidbits I uncovered in my research for today's story: Williams apparently still owns his Main Street Condo in Buffalo. He had said he planned to sell it soon after he resigned, but city records still list him as the owner.

And a check of Maryland public records found that he established a business entity, JA Williams and Associates LLC, back in January, listing his home address in Silver Springs. I couldn't find a website or any other information about it online, though.

Now, back to the issue at hand.

Superintendent searches work differently in Florida -- districts not only have to disclose the names of all applicants (not just the final two or three), but they also have to post their entire application. Now, that takes transparency to a new level.

The Florida Times-Union has posted all the candidates' bios and their applications (well, at least those the district has posted so far). Scroll down, and you'll find Williams.

And here is his application, courtesy of the Times-Union.

It's an interesting read.

James Williams' application

- Mary Pasciak

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