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September 18, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

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

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida State Board of Education tomorrow will honor 14 high school principals who improved their school's grade by two letter grades 2004 to 2006. 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.

"These principals deserve this recognition for their leadership and dedication ensuring students achieve success," 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 Grade 2004 Grade 2006
Broward William Kemp Northeast High School D B
Broward Scott Fiske Western High School C A
Broward Sharon Shaulis Charles W. Flanagan High School D B
Charlotte Bernard Duffy Charlotte High School D B
Collier Dr. Rosanne Winter Naples High School D B
Miami-Dade James V. Parker Miami Lakes Educational Center C A
Escambia Lesa Morgan West Florida High School/Technical C A
Okeechobee Toni Wiersma Okeechobee Freshman Campus D B
Palm Beach Dr. Johnathan Prince Palm Beach Gardens High School D B
Pinellas Gerald M. Schlereth Countryside High School D B
Seminole Walt Griffin Seminole High School D B
Seminole Connie Collins Crooms Academy of Information Technology C A
Seminole Shaune Storch Lake Howell High School C A
Walton Michael Murphy Freeport Senior High School D B

"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 October, the State Board will honor exemplary middle school principals. At future meetings, principals at the elementary level 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