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December 8, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Florida State Board of Education to Honor High-performing Principals

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida State Board of Education on Tuesday 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
Alachua Bobby Johnson Micanopy Middle School, Inc. B D
Bay Linda Landen Everitt Middle School A C
Bay Mike Riley Rosenwald Middle School A C
Citrus Gina Tovine Crystal River Middle School A C
Dixie Beverly Baumer Ruth Rains Middle School A C
Escambia Marsha Higgins Brentwood Middle School B D
Escambia Ann Bookout Ferry Pass Middle School A C
Escambia Sherry Bailey Beulah Academy Of Science A D
Hernando Marvin Gordon D. S. Parrott Middle School A C
Lake Janice Boyd Gray Middle School A C
Levy Ernst Kordgien Williston Middle School A C
Manatee Scot G. Boice Electa Lee Magnet Middle School A C
Marion Walt Miller Lake Weir Middle School A C
Marion Ron Wheelis Fort McCoy School A C
Marion Lisa Krysalka Belleview Middle School A C
Orange Julie Sanborn Origins Montessori Charter C F
Osceola Linda Caswell-Johnson Denn John Middle School A C
Osceola Walter Thomas Four Corners Charter Middle A C
Osceola Diane Beatty Foundation Middle Academy A C
Pasco Lawrence Albano Chasco Middle School A C
Pasco Stan Trapp Gulf Middle School A C
Pasco Michael Rom Academy At The Farm A C
Pinellas William P. Corbett Fitzgerald Middle School A C
Pinellas Joan Q. Minnis Thurgood Marshall Middle School A C
Polk John Barber Lake Gibson Middle School A C
St. Johns Meredith Strickland Murray Middle School A C
Seminole Brennan Asplen Millennium Middle School A C
Taylor Michelle Strickland Steinhatchee School A C
Volusia Julian Jones Galaxy Middle 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."

The State Board of Education will recognize other high-performing principals at future meetings.

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