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December 8, 2006
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:
|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 www.fldoe.org.