JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Public Education Fund issued a statement today regarding the news that Duval County School Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals would be leaving the school system at the end of the year.

" We are grateful to Ed Pratt-Dannals for his dedication to the children, teachers, parents and community in Duval County.

In his many different capacities with the Duval County Public Schools - teacher, principal, administrator, and parent of public school children - Ed has been a consummate educator, leader, and steady hand, particularly during recent difficult budget years.

The Duval County School Board now faces a difficult task -addressing the many urgent issues facing our schools while also seeking a new leader with a bold vision for preparing our students for the future.

We hope the community will join us in thanking Ed Pratt-Dannals for his service and help the School Board in their search by making their voices heard."