Robert Clay won't seek re-election to Lee County School Board

The Lee County education icon has spent more than 56 years as either a school board member or the superintendent

Robert Clay

Robert Clay

LEESBURG — Long-time Lee County educator Robert Clay says he will not seek re-election to the Lee County School Board.

Clay made the surprise announcement Monday at the end of a called meeting of the school board.

Clay, 86, first joined the Lee School board in 1952 and remained in that position for 13 years until becoming school superintendent in 1965. He spent just over 32 years as superintendent, stepping down in 1997.

In 2003, Clay returned to the school board and has been there ever since.

All totalled, Clay has more than 56 years in the Lee County School System as either a school board member or superintendent.

The Lee County High School auditorium is named in his honor.

At this time there are no announced candidates for his seat.