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Thursday, February 28, 2013


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Governor Scott Presents $14.2 Million in School Recognition Checks to School Districts in West Palm Beach Area

- High student performance pays off for hundreds of the area's top schools -

Palm Beach, Fla. Acknowledging public schools that have sustained high student performance or demonstrated substantial improvement in student performance, Governor Rick Scott today presented checks totaling more than $14.2 million in School Recognition Program funding to districts in the West Palm Beach area. Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie school districts can use their award dollars for faculty or staff bonuses, to purchase educational equipment or materials, or hire temporary staff to help maintain or improve student performance. Statewide, school recognition funding totals more than $134 million.

Governor Scott said, "Florida students and teachers were ranked 6th for educational quality, our fourth-grade students scored among the best in the world in an international reading survey, and we recently learned Florida students are number one for percentage of students taking an AP exam. In conjunction with our proposed $1.2 billion in educational funding as part of the Florida Families First Budget, the school recognition funding will allow our teachers and students to continue on their path of success."

Florida's School Recognition Program acknowledges the quality of public schools by giving financial rewards based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement in reading, mathematics, science and writing. Schools eligible for recognition awards include those receiving an "A" school grade, improving at least one letter grade from the previous year, or improving more than one letter grade and sustaining the improvement the following school year. Alternative schools that increase their school improvement rating or are rated "improving" also qualify for awards. The school staff and school advisory council at each recognized school jointly decide how to use the financial award.

"Governor Scott understands that rewarding schools for performance promotes even higher achievement," said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. "His Florida Families First Budget calls for an even larger commitment to the School Recognition Program."

As part of his Florida Families First Budget, Governor Scott requested an increase in School Recognition Program funding to $125 per student, up from $93 this year. State funding for K-12 education in the Florida Families First Budget totals $10.7 billion - the highest state funding level in history. Included in this historic total is $480 million to support $2,500 pay raises for Florida's K-12 classroom teachers, plus the cost of associated benefits.

Total funding for K-12 education in the Florida Families First Budget is $18.47 billion, an increase of $1.25 billion, or 7.3 percent, over last year's budget, which also invested $1 billion in K-12 education. This increase represents per student funding of $6,799, an increase of more than $400 over the current fiscal year.

"School Recognition Program funding is a valuable investment in high-performing schools," said St. Lucie County Deputy District School Superintendent Genelle Yost. "St. Lucie County Schools' devoted leaders, teachers, and staff are all deserving recipients of this funding by leading our students to higher achievement levels. We are grateful that Governor Scott has included additional funding for this program in his Florida Families First Budget."

"I am so pleased that nearly 1,700 schools have met or exceeded the high standards set by Florida's School Recognition Program," said Florida State Board of Education Member Barbara Feingold. "This extra funding will allow school leaders to focus on implementing lasting reforms focused on creating classrooms overflowing with student success. Governor Scott recognizes that rewarding high performance encourages schools to go even further."

Before an audience of educators and community leaders, Governor Scott presented the checks to representatives from the four school districts at Wynnebrook Elementary School in Palm Beach County. Although nearly nine out of ten students at Wynnebrook are considered economically disadvantaged, the school has earned an "A" grade for the past ten years.

"These schools are getting it right, because they are focusing on how to better prepare today's students for tomorrow's competitive workforce," said Florida State Board of Education Member John Padget. "I am proud that we are able to support Florida's best schools with this additional funding program and will work to support Governor Scott's budget proposal to increase future funding."

The total amount of school recognition funding announced today is $14,202,101.

Indian River County School District Total
$1,102,670
Vero Beach High School
256,818
Rosewood Magnet School
51,542
Osceola Magnet School
52,564
Beachland Elementary School
55,766
Gifford Middle School
88,692
Vero Beach Elementary School
55,748
Sebastian River High School
172,638
Liberty Magnet School
51,262
Treasure Coast Elementary School
59,473
Storm Grove Middle School
76,002
Indian River Charter High School
58,182
St. Peter's Academy
12,922
North County Charter School
18,751
Sebastian Charter Junior High School
16,467
Imagine Schools At South Vero
75,843
Martin County School District Total
$1,376,338
Stuart Middle School
86,881
Sea Wind Elementary School
67,440
Martin County High School
183,775
Palm City Elementary School
60,063
Murray Middle School
69,264
Hobe Sound Elementary School
62,478
Warfield Elementary School
65,535
Jensen Beach Elementary School
53,443
Indiantown Middle School
39,134
South Fork High School
169,730
Crystal Lake Elementary School
49,834
Hidden Oaks Middle School
101,406
Bessey Creek Elementary School
49,420
Jensen Beach High School
152,532
Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School
89,056
Citrus Grove Elementary
56,243
Clark Advanced Learning Center
20,104
Palm Beach County School District Total
$10,436,226
Hidden Oaks Elementary School
83,120
Waters Edge Elementary School
78,687
Pine Jog Elementary School
79,797
Everglades Elementary
69,225
Jupiter Elementary School
64,247
Jupiter High School
254,560
Allamanda Elementary School
60,544
Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School
62,087
North Palm Beach Elementary School
35,504
Suncoast Community High School
138,925
Sunset Palms Elementary School
88,610
Roosevelt Middle School
113,671
U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary
47,499
Alexander W. Dreyfoos Junior School Of The Arts
119,573
Palm Beach Public School
35,277
Palmetto Elementary School
56,762
South Olive Elementary School
63,009
Meadow Park Elementary School
63,961
Berkshire Elementary School
101,033
Palm Springs Middle School
142,124
Marsh Pointe Elementary
75,059
North Grade Elementary School
71,931
Lantana Middle School
72,268
Rolling Green Elementary School
72,905
Turning Points Academy
9,989
Atlantic High School
197,227
Plumosa School Of The Arts
52,896
S. D. Spady Elementary School
50,531
J. C. Mitchell Elementary School
71,450
Boca Raton Elementary School
32,650
Boca Raton Community High School
275,053
Gove Elementary School
84,099
Wynnebrook Elementary School
73,840
West Riviera Elementary School
46,644
Hagen Road Elementary School
81,592
Addison Mizner Elementary School
88,675
Boca Raton Community Middle School
121,696
Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
52,435
South Tech Academy
117,319
Santaluces Community High
208,492
Jerry Thomas Elementary School
79,769
Verde Elementary School
80,274
Spanish River Community High School
216,877
Crestwood Community Middle
108,634
Wellington Landings Middle
120,483
Jupiter Middle School
122,316
Del Prado Elementary School
93,357
Loggers' Run Community Middle School
98,932
H. L. Johnson Elementary School
84,239
Pahokee Middle-Senior High
87,343
Whispering Pines Elementary School
51,495
Royal Palm School
34,559
Coral Sunset Elementary School
63,364
Christa Mcauliffe Middle School
117,547
K. E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary
29,246
Banyan Creek Elementary School
94,682
Loxahatchee Groves Elementary
56,031
Calusa Elementary School
77,543
Woodlands Middle School
114,278
Lighthouse Elementary School
77,534
Cypress Trails Elementary School
49,722
Morikami Park Elementary School
75,620
Sandpiper Shores Elementary School
74,683
Watson B. Duncan Middle School
128,695
Omni Middle School
146,038
Park Vista Community High School
263,024
Timber Trace Elementary School
81,175
Limestone Creek Elementary School
77,426
New Horizons Elementary School
55,226
Citrus Cove Elementary School
91,081
Hammock Pointe Elementary School
78,924
Jupiter Farms Elementary School
56,219
Egret Lake Elementary School
57,270
Crystal Lakes Elementary School
54,063
Acreage Pines Elementary School
40,257
Okeeheelee Middle School
131,544
Panther Run Elementary School
73,130
Wellington High School
217,500
William T. Dwyer High School
207,379
Manatee Elementary School
97,965
Orchard View Elementary School
54,000
Belle Glade Elementary School
47,676
Indian Ridge School
9,000
Golden Grove Elementary School
52,502
Western Pines Community Middle
109,728
Eagles Landing Middle School
122,166
Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune Elementary
46,227
Bak Middle School Of The Arts
126,079
Beacon Cove Intermediate School
88,191
Frontier Elementary School
62,648
Binks Forest Elementary School
99,463
Coral Reef Elementary School
92,328
Odyssey Middle School
93,429
Polo Park Middle School
101,544
Independence Middle School
121,106
Palm Beach Central High School
258,490
Joseph Littles-Nguzo Saba
19,707
Freedom Shores Elementary School
86,205
Sunrise Park Elementary School
83,639
Don Estridge High Tech Middle School
114,313
Discovery Key Elementary School
84,991
Crosspointe Elementary School
69,740
Royal Palm Beach Elementary School
67,497
Cholee Lake Elementary School
89,290
Palm Beach Maritime Academy
33,910
Osceola Creek Middle School
77,301
Pierce Hammock Elementary School
58,316
Western Academy Charter School
34,656
Crossroads Academy
13,565
Equestrian Trails Elementary
74,471
Elbridge Gale Elementary School
92,974
Emerald Cove Middle School
108,167
Glades Academy Elementary School Inc
9,935
G-Star School Of The Arts
100,751
Seminole Ridge Community High School
230,782
Palm Beach Virtual Franchise
21,029
Florida Atlantic University Developmental Research School - Palm Beach
$66,772
St. Lucie County School District Total
$1,087,924
Fairlawn Elementary School
57,145
Frances K. Sweet Elementary School
56,346
Lincoln Park Academy
166,264
St. Lucie West K-8 School
119,836
Fort Pierce Westwood High School
113,487
Port St. Lucie High School
174,183
Parkway Elementary School
52,740
St. Lucie West Centennial High
225,352
West Gate K-8 School
122,571
Florida Atlantic University Developmental Research School - St. Lucie
$132,171

For more information, visit School Recognition Program.