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Governor Scott Presents $14.2 Million in School Recognition Checks to School Districts in West Palm Beach Area

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Acknowledging public schools that have sustained high student performance or demonstrated substantial improvement in student performance, Governor Rick Scott today presented checks totaling more than $14.2 million in School Recognition Program funding to districts in the West Palm Beach area. Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie school districts can use their award dollars for faculty or staff bonuses, to purchase educational equipment or materials, or hire temporary staff to help maintain or improve student performance. Statewide, school recognition funding totals more than $134 million.

Governor Scott said, "Florida students and teachers were ranked 6th for educational quality, our fourth-grade students scored among the best in the world in an international reading survey, and we recently learned Florida students are number one for percentage of students taking an AP exam. In conjunction with our proposed $1.2 billion in educational funding as part of the Florida Families First Budget, the school recognition funding will allow our teachers and students to continue on their path of success."

Florida's School Recognition Program acknowledges the quality of public schools by giving financial rewards based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement in reading, mathematics, science and writing. Schools eligible for recognition awards include those receiving an "A" school grade, improving at least one letter grade from the previous year, or improving more than one letter grade and sustaining the improvement the following school year. Alternative schools that increase their school improvement rating or are rated "improving" also qualify for awards. The school staff and school advisory council at each recognized school jointly decide how to use the financial award.

"Governor Scott understands that rewarding schools for performance promotes even higher achievement," said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. "His Florida Families First budget calls for an even larger commitment to the School Recognition Program."

As part of his Florida Families First Budget, Governor Scott requested an increase in School Recognition Program funding to $125 per student, up from $93 this year. State funding for K-12 education in the Florida Families First Budget totals $10.7 billion -- the highest state funding level in history. Included in this historic total is $480 million to support $2,500 pay raises for Florida's K-12 classroom teachers, plus the cost of associated benefits.

Total funding for K-12 education in the Florida Families First budget is $18.47 billion, an increase of $1.25 billion, or 7.3 percent, over last year's budget, which also invested $1 billion in K-12 education. This increase represents per student funding of $6,799, an increase of more than $400 over the current fiscal year.

"School Recognition Program funding is a valuable investment in high-performing schools," said St. Lucie County Deputy District School Superintendent Genelle Yost. "St. Lucie County Schools' devoted leaders, teachers, and staff are all deserving recipients of this funding by leading our students to higher achievement levels. We are grateful that Governor Scott has included additional funding for this program in his Florida Families First Budget."

"I am so pleased that nearly 1,700 schools have met or exceeded the high standards set by Florida's School Recognition Program," said Florida State Board of Education Member Barbara Feingold. "This extra funding will allow school leaders to focus on implementing lasting reforms focused on creating classrooms overflowing with student success. Governor Scott recognizes that rewarding high performance encourages schools to go even further."

Before an audience of educators and community leaders, Governor Scott presented the checks to representatives from the four school districts at Wynnebrook Elementary School in Palm Beach County. Although nearly nine out of ten students at Wynnebrook are considered economically disadvantaged, the school has earned an "A" grade for the past ten years.

"These schools are getting it right, because they are focusing on how to better prepare today's students for tomorrow's competitive workforce," said Florida State Board of Education Member John Padget. "I am proud that we are able to support Florida's best schools with this additional funding program and will work to support Governor Scott's budget proposal to increase future funding."

The total amount of school recognition funding announced today is $14,202,101.

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TOTAL $1,102,670

Vero Beach High School 256,818

Rosewood Magnet School 51,542

Osceola Magnet School 52,564

Beachland Elementary School 55,766

Gifford Middle School 88,692

Vero Beach Elementary School 55,748

Sebastian River High School 172,638

Liberty Magnet School 51,262

Treasure Coast Elementary School 59,473

Storm Grove Middle School 76,002

Indian River Charter High School 58,182

St. Peter's Academy 12,922

North County Charter School 18,751

Sebastian Charter Junior High School 16,467

Imagine Schools At South Vero 75,843

MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TOTAL $1,376,338

Stuart Middle School 86,881

Sea Wind Elementary School 67,440

Martin County High School 183,775

Palm City Elementary School 60,063

Murray Middle School 69,264

Hobe Sound Elementary School 62,478

Warfield Elementary School 65,535

Jensen Beach Elementary School 53,443

Indiantown Middle School 39,134

South Fork High School 169,730

Crystal Lake Elementary School 49,834

Hidden Oaks Middle School 101,406

Bessey Creek Elementary School 49,420

Jensen Beach High School 152,532

Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School 89,056

Citrus Grove Elementary 56,243

Clark Advanced Learning Center 20,104

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TOTAL $10,436,226

Hidden Oaks Elementary School 83,120

Waters Edge Elementary School 78,687

Pine Jog Elementary School 79,797

Everglades Elementary 69,225

Jupiter Elementary School 64,247

Jupiter High School 254,560

Allamanda Elementary School 60,544

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School 62,087

North Palm Beach Elementary School 35,504

Suncoast Community High School 138,925

Sunset Palms Elementary School 88,610

Roosevelt Middle School 113,671

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary 47,499

Alexander W. Dreyfoos Junior School Of The Arts 119,573

Palm Beach Public School 35,277

Palmetto Elementary School 56,762

South Olive Elementary School 63,009

Meadow Park Elementary School 63,961

Berkshire Elementary School 101,033

Palm Springs Middle School 142,124

Marsh Pointe Elementary 75,059

North Grade Elementary School 71,931

Lantana Middle School 72,268

Rolling Green Elementary School 72,905

Turning Points Academy 9,989

Atlantic High School 197,227

Plumosa School Of The Arts 52,896

S. D. Spady Elementary School 50,531

J. C. Mitchell Elementary School 71,450

Boca Raton Elementary School 32,650

Boca Raton Community High School 275,053

Gove Elementary School 84,099

Wynnebrook Elementary School 73,840

West Riviera Elementary School 46,644

Hagen Road Elementary School 81,592

Addison Mizner Elementary School 88,675

Boca Raton Community Middle School 121,696

Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School 52,435

South Tech Academy 117,319

Santaluces Community High 208,492

Jerry Thomas Elementary School 79,769

Verde Elementary School 80,274

Spanish River Community High School 216,877

Crestwood Community Middle 108,634

Wellington Landings Middle 120,483

Jupiter Middle School 122,316

Del Prado Elementary School 93,357

Loggers' Run Community Middle School 98,932

H. L. Johnson Elementary School 84,239

Pahokee Middle-Senior High 87,343

Whispering Pines Elementary School 51,495

Royal Palm School 34,559

Coral Sunset Elementary School 63,364

Christa Mcauliffe Middle School 117,547

K. E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary 29,246

Banyan Creek Elementary School 94,682

Loxahatchee Groves Elementary 56,031

Calusa Elementary School 77,543

Woodlands Middle School 114,278

Lighthouse Elementary School 77,534

Cypress Trails Elementary School 49,722

Morikami Park Elementary School 75,620

Sandpiper Shores Elementary School 74,683

Watson B. Duncan Middle School 128,695

Omni Middle School 146,038

Park Vista Community High School 263,024

Timber Trace Elementary School 81,175

Limestone Creek Elementary School 77,426

New Horizons Elementary School 55,226

Citrus Cove Elementary School 91,081

Hammock Pointe Elementary School 78,924

Jupiter Farms Elementary School 56,219

Egret Lake Elementary School 57,270

Crystal Lakes Elementary School 54,063

Acreage Pines Elementary School 40,257

Okeeheelee Middle School 131,544

Panther Run Elementary School 73,130

Wellington High School 217,500

William T. Dwyer High School 207,379

Manatee Elementary School 97,965

Orchard View Elementary School 54,000

Belle Glade Elementary School 47,676

Indian Ridge School 9,000

Golden Grove Elementary School 52,502

Western Pines Community Middle 109,728

Eagles Landing Middle School 122,166

Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune Elementary 46,227

Bak Middle School Of The Arts 126,079

Beacon Cove Intermediate School 88,191

Frontier Elementary School 62,648

Binks Forest Elementary School 99,463

Coral Reef Elementary School 92,328

Odyssey Middle School 93,429

Polo Park Middle School 101,544

Independence Middle School 121,106

Palm Beach Central High School 258,490

Joseph Littles-Nguzo Saba 19,707

Freedom Shores Elementary School 86,205

Sunrise Park Elementary School 83,639

Don Estridge High Tech Middle School 114,313

Discovery Key Elementary School 84,991

Crosspointe Elementary School 69,740

Royal Palm Beach Elementary School 67,497

Cholee Lake Elementary School 89,290

Palm Beach Maritime Academy 33,910

Osceola Creek Middle School 77,301

Pierce Hammock Elementary School 58,316

Western Academy Charter School 34,656

Crossroads Academy 13,565

Equestrian Trails Elementary 74,471

Elbridge Gale Elementary School 92,974

Emerald Cove Middle School 108,167

Glades Academy Elementary School Inc 9,935

G-Star School Of The Arts 100,751

Seminole Ridge Community High School 230,782

Palm Beach Virtual Franchise 21,029

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH SCHOOL -- PALM BEACH $66,772

ST. LUCIE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TOTAL $1,087,924

Fairlawn Elementary School 57,145

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School 56,346

Lincoln Park Academy 166,264

St. Lucie West K-8 School 119,836

Fort Pierce Westwood High School 113,487

Port St. Lucie High School 174,183

Parkway Elementary School 52,740

St. Lucie West Centennial High 225,352

West Gate K-8 School 122,571

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH SCHOOL -- ST. LUCIE $132,171

About the Florida Department of Education: The department's mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 individuals who work in education throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.


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