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October 16, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Florida State Board of Education to Honor High-Performing Principals

TAMPA — The Florida State Board of Education tomorrow will honor middle school principals who improved their school's grade by two or more letter grades this past 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 are worthy of our recognition and praise," 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 2005 Grade 2006
Broward Kim Flynn Olsen Middle School C A
Broward David Olafson Plantation Middle School C A
Broward David Hall Parkway Middle School C A
Broward James Neer Crystal Lake Community Middle C A
Broward Luwando Wright-Hines Arthur Robert Ashe, Junior Middle School F C
Broward Dr. Chandra Glenn-Phillips Smart School Charter Middle D A
Broward Jim Di Sebastian Downtown Academy of Technology and Arts F A
Collier Mary Murray Golden Gate Middle School C A
Miami-Dade Juliet King Coral Reef Montessori Academy C A
Miami-Dade Francisco Jimenez Somerset Academy Charter Middle School D A
Miami-Dade Iliana Pena Aspira Youth Leadership School C A
Miami-Dade Thomas Ennis Cutler Ridge Middle School C A
Miami-Dade Barbara A. Mendizabal Ruben Dario Middle School C A
Miami-Dade Luis E. Diaz Henry H. Filer Middle School C A
Miami-Dade Martha H. Montiel Hialeah Middle School C A
Miami-Dade Jose Bueno Jose Marti Middle Sschool C A
Miami-Dade Gail Senita Miami Springs Middle School C A
Miami-Dade Caridad J. Figueredo Nautilus Middle School C A
Miami-Dade Joanne D. Gans Ponce de Leon Middle School C A
Miami-Dade Valerie Carrier Riviera Middle School C A
Hillsborough James Elliot Mclane Middle School C A
Hillsborough Dwight Raines Buchanan Middle School C A
Lee Joe Roles Gateway Charter School C A
Lee Joe Roles Cape Coral Charter School D B
Okeechobee Brian Greseth Yearling Middle School C A
Palm Beach Renatta Adan-Espinoza Academy for Positive Learning D B
Palm Beach Marie Turchiaro Palm Beach Maritime Academy C A
Sarasota Vickie Marble Student Leadership Academy C A
Sarasota Karen Rose Brookside Middle School C A
Sarasota Scott Wilson Heron Creek Middle School C A
Sarasota Steve Cantees Phoenix Academy F 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."

The State Board of Education will recognize other high-performing principals during its meeting in December, when they honor additional, exemplary middle school principals.

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 www.fldoe.org.