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August 14, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Florida State Board of Education to Honor High-Performing Principals
Principals lead high schools to achieve success

MIAMI — The Florida State Board of Education tomorrow will honor 17 high school principals who improved their school's grade by two letter grades this school year. Since 1999, when the A+ Plan for Education was implemented, schools have improved from only 515 schools earning an "A" or "B" to 2,077 schools in 2006 — four times the number of high-performing schools seven years ago and 234 more than last year (up from 1,843). Three of every four Florida schools were considered high performing in 2006.

"The leadership and dedicated efforts of these principals needs to be recognized," said Education Commissioner John L. Winn. "The key component in education reform is leadership, and these principals clearly exemplify that trait."

Principals to be recognized by the State Board of Education:

District Principal School Name School Grades
2006 2005
Broward Gina Eyerman Fort Lauderdale High School B D
Broward Anne Lynch Coral Springs High School B D
Broward William Kemp Northeast High School B D
Broward Wendy Doll Cooper City High School A C
Broward Scott Fiske Western High School A C
Broward Peter Bayer City/Pembroke Pines Charter High School A D
Clay Susan Sailor Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High A D
Hillsborough Brenda Grasso Gaither High School A C
Jackson Gayle Westbrook Jackson Academy of Applied Technology B D
Lee Kimberly Lunger North Fort Myers High School B D
Marion David Ellers Vanguard High School B D
Marion Bobby James Dunnellon High School B D
Marion Jim Wohrley Belleview High School B D
Nassau Dale Braddock Hilliard Middle-Senior High A C
Pasco James Michaels River Ridge Middle/High School A C
Sarasota Candace Millington Venice Senior High School A C
Seminole Shaune Storch Lake Howell High School A C

"These principals are role models for their peers," said Florida State Board of Education Chairman Philip Handy. "The State Board of Education is proud of their work and intends to honor other such principals during future board meetings."

In September, the State Board will honor those high school principals who also improved their school's grade by two letter grades during the 2005-2006 school year. At future meetings, principals at the elementary and middle school levels will be likewise honored.

Solid leadership is a key component to the success of Florida's education system. In June, Governor Jeb Bush signed into law the A++ Plan for Education to increase the rigor and relevance of Florida's middle and high schools and better prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce. Included in the A++ Plan for Education is the William Cecil Golden Professional Development Program for School Leaders to provide professional development and support for principals. This collaborative network of state and national leadership organizations will support the human-resource development needs of principals, principal leadership teams and candidates for principal leadership positions.

To learn more about the A++ Plan for Education visit