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August 24, 2006

Kristy Campbell
(850) 488-5394
Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education to Present School Recognition Checks
Schools recognized for high performance

Education Commissioner John L. Winn, State Board of Education Chairman Phil Handy, Vice Chairman T. Willard Fair, State Board members Donna Callaway, Phoebe Raulerson and Kathleen Shanahan and K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke tomorrow will visit schools throughout the state to present school recognition checks.

As part of the A+ School Recognition Program, schools that achieve an "A" based on the school grading criteria or improve at least one grade from the previous year, are awarded $100 per student. Since 1999, Florida has awarded more than $852.7 million in school recognition funding.

Commissioner Winn will visit schools at:

9:15 a.m.
North Ft. Myers High School
5000 Orange Grove Boulevard
Ft. Myers

10:30 a.m.
Mirror Lakes Elementary School
525 Charwood Avenue, South
Lehigh Acres

State Board of Education Chairman Phil Handy will visit a school at:

9:45 a.m.
Tildenville Elementary School
12301 Warrior Road
Winter Garden

State Board of Education Vice Chairman T. Willard Fair will visit a school at:

11:00 a.m.
Broadmoor Elementary School
3401 NW 83rd Street
Miami

State Board of Education member Donna Callaway will visit schools at:

9:15 a.m. CDT
Lucille Moore Elementary
1900 Michigan Avenue
Panama City

10:20 a.m. CDT
Everitt Middle School
608 School Avenue
Panama City

State Board of Education member Phoebe Raulerson will visit a school at:

10:30 a.m.
Yearling Middle School
925 NW 23rd Lane
Okeechobee

State Board of Education Member Kathleen Shanahan will visit a school at:

9:30 a.m.
Cannella Elementary School
10707 Nixon Road
Tampa

K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke will visit a school at:

10:00 a.m.
Pineview Elementary School
2230 Lake Bradford Road
Tallahassee