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Friday, March 1, 2013


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Governor Scott Presents $23 Million in School Recognition Checks to School Districts in Orlando Area

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

Orlando, Fla.- Governor Rick Scott today presented checks totaling more than $23.6 million in School Recognition Program funding to school districts in the Orlando area. Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter school districts can use their school recognition award dollars for faculty or staff bonuses, to purchase educational equipment or materials, or hire temporary staff to help maintain or improve student performance.

Governor Scott said, "I can think of no better investment for our state than investing in those teachers who work on the frontline of Florida's future every day by teaching our children. Florida students and teachers were ranked 6th for educational quality, our fourth-grade students scored among the best in the world on an international reading survey, and we recently learned Florida students are number one for percentage of students taking an AP exam. This funding, in addition to the over $1.2 billion education investments proposed as part of the Florida Families First budget, gives our schools and teachers the support they deserve."

Senator Andy Gardiner said, "I commend Governor Scott's commitment to education in Florida. The school recognition funding, along with his proposed $1.2 billion in funding for K-12 education, will offer our schools and teachers the resources they need to strengthen our education system and offer our children an even better path towards 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.

"These schools have earned this money, continuing the positive, educational opportunities taking place in their classrooms," said Florida State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand. "Directing funding into programs with a proven track record for success is money well spent. I applaud Governor Scott's resolve to increase funding for the School Recognition Program, which ensures that teachers who are really making a difference get rewarded."

"We understand that what we want to improve, we should measure; and when there is improvement, we should reward it," said Public Schools Chancellor Pam Stewart. "That is exactly what Governor Scott is doing as he visits the districts to recognize school improvement in a tangible way. By asking for an increase in the School Recognition Program next year, he is reinforcing that further."

Before an audience of educators and community leaders, Governor Scott presented the checks to representatives from seven school districts at Freedom Middle School in Orange County-a school that has earned an "A" grade for the past seven years.

"Orange County's educators are dedicated to preparing 21st century learners for exciting futures that include college and careers," said Orange County School District Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins. "I am pleased that our teachers and staff will be able to receive these extra dollars as a 'thank you' for a job well done. I support Governor Scott's Florida Families First Budget, including the proposed funding increase for the School Recognition Program. Funds invested in public education are an investment in Florida's future."

Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce said, "Infusing more than $130 million into Florida schools that are improving or consistently providing excellent educational experiences will have a positive impact on our economy. These dollars will increase digital learning tools, provide the necessary resources to support our teachers, while encouraging greater accountability. Ultimately, this will keep the nation's best teachers right here in the Sunshine State. We support Governor Scott's efforts to invest in Florida's education system."

"Providing a quality education to each student in Florida is essential to the long-term success of our state," said Florida State Board of Education Member John Colon. "By backing up our high expectations with financial incentives, we give teachers and students the motivation they need to continue to thrive, in spite of the rigorous demands placed on them. I support Governor Scott's effort to increase funding for this most worthwhile program."

Florida State Board of Education Member Dr. Ada Armas stated, "I commend Florida's teachers and school administrators for their outstanding dedication to student growth and achievement. School recognition funding is one way Florida rewards its hardworking school leaders and encourages competition among schools for greater learning gains. I encourage all education stakeholders to support Governor Scott's budget proposal to increase funding for this vital rewards program."

The total amount of school recognition funding distributed today is $23,608,821.

Brevard County School District Total
$4,725,579
Titusville High School
128,872
Apollo Elementary School
67,755
Coquina Elementary School
44,807
Mims Elementary School
40,809
Andrew Jackson Middle School
58,426
Imperial Estates Elementary School
58,225
Astronaut High School
106,646
Pinewood Elementary School
30,626
Challenger 7 Elementary School
46,234
Enterprise Elementary School
62,034
Space Coast Junior/Senior High School
150,593
Rockledge Senior High School
117,290
Ronald Mcnair Magnet Middle
51,307
Fairglen Elementary School
61,868
John F. Kennedy Middle School
66,841
Cocoa High School
87,256
Saturn Elementary School
70,058
Hans Christian Andersen Elementary
69,414
Ralph M Williams Junior Elementary
56,634
Manatee Elementary
84,258
Viera High School
205,380
Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School
100,296
Meadowlane Primary Elementary School
72,602
W. Melbourne Elementary School For Science
41,522
Port Malabar Elementary School
63,659
Palm Bay Elementary School
72,880
Lockmar Elementary School
68,297
Bayside High School
153,159
Westside Elementary School
75,689
Sunrise Elementary School
70,878
Heritage High School
160,997
Central Middle School
117,610
Sherwood Elementary School
47,496
Harbor City Elementary School
39,411
Croton Elementary School
53,440
Roy Allen Elementary School
47,037
Suntree Elementary School
64,477
Longleaf Elementary School
64,350
Westshore Junior/Senior High School
89,417
Quest Elementary School
77,619
Merritt Island High School
136,128
Edgewood Jr/Sr High School
87,068
Tropical Elementary School
61,910
Audubon Elementary School
48,136
Robert L. Stevenson Elementary
45,011
Gardendale Elementary Magnet School
41,208
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
58,986
Lewis Carroll Elementary School
63,287
Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School
128,398
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary
41,332
Freedom 7 Elementary School Of International Studies
38,248
Cape View Elementary School
32,057
Satellite Senior High School
106,062
Delaura Middle School
64,882
Spessard L. Holland Elementary School
38,374
Sea Park Elementary School
31,968
Surfside Elementary School
36,709
Ocean Breeze Elementary School
51,973
Indialantic Elementary School
67,178
Herbert C. Hoover Middle School
50,734
Gemini Elementary School
52,071
Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary School
82,083
Palm Bay Academy Charter School
51,728
Odyssey Charter School
58,260
Sculptor Charter School
45,993
Royal Palm Charter School
23,150
Imagine Schools At West Melbourne
36,476
Flagler County School District Total
$853,316
Bunnell Elementary School
109,518
Rymfire Elementary School
121,998
Imagine School At Town Center
74,353
Matanzas High School
143,817
Lewis E. Wadsworth Elementary
86,228
Old Kings Elementary School
105,375
Belle Terre Elementary School
130,191
Indian Trails Middle School
81,836
Lake County School District Total
$1,796,167
Beverly Shores Elementary School
44,874
Eustis Elementary School
46,177
Sawgrass Bay Elementary School
101,789
Grassy Lake Elementary School
94,648
Sorrento Elementary
67,377
East Ridge Middle School
100,427
Gray Middle School
92,085
The Villages Elementary Of Lady Lake School
72,911
Seminole Springs Elementary School
56,321
Round Lake Elementary School
74,166
Mt. Dora High School
99,838
Treadway Elementary School
88,091
Astatula Elementary School
55,716
Lost Lake Elementary School
100,780
Groveland Elementary School
78,607
Clermont Middle School
66,082
Pine Ridge Elementary School
78,678
Cypress Ridge Elementary School
55,498
East Ridge High School
207,888
Lake Minneola High School
119,342
Imagine Schools At South Lake
94,872
Orange County School District Total
$9,233,298
Lake Eola Charter
20,426
Hope Charter
36,843
Nap Ford Community Charter
11,941
Oakland Avenue Charter
46,857
Orlando Science Middle High Charter
45,431
Legacy High Charter
11,980
Cornerstone Academy Charter
68,605
Cornerstone Charter Academy High School
17,884
Cypress Springs Elementary
68,397
Hillcrest Elementary
41,281
Kaley Elementary
21,752
Oakshire Elementary
66,416
Endeavor Elementary
69,832
Camelot Elementary
51,214
Avalon Elementary
82,047
West Creek Elementary
65,831
Thornebrooke Elementary
69,399
Legacy Middle
83,232
Freedom Middle
105,189
Princeton Elementary
40,040
East Lake Elementary
59,148
Riverdale Elementary
60,035
Apopka Middle
98,090
Lake George Elementary
54,753
Andover Elementary
60,682
Whispering Oak Elementary School
125,912
Lakeview Middle
127,287
Tildenville Elementary
45,419
Hunters Creek Middle
105,381
Lake Silver Elementary
60,052
Audubon Park Elementary
105,169
Dream Lake Elementary
69,085
Lakemont Elementary
67,765
Glenridge Middle
129,585
Blankner K-8
92,711
Evans High
186,902
Maitland Middle
96,172
Brookshire Elementary
48,695
Northlake Park Community Elementary
100,570
Dover Shores Elementary
59,161
Durrance Elementary
39,830
Tangelo Park Elementary
29,889
Chickasaw Elementary
71,481
Spring Lake Elementary
49,985
Hiawassee Elementary
67,191
Mccoy Elementary
59,467
Dr. Phillips High
332,230
Clarcona Elementary
87,319
Palm Lake Elementary
56,340
Arbor Ridge K-8
69,422
Metrowest Elementary
140,274
Southwest Middle
113,132
Meadow Woods Elementary
51,781
Waterbridge Elementary
97,085
Windy Ridge K-8
107,138
Bay Meadows Elementary
54,561
John Young Elementary
68,134
Waterford Elementary
67,340
Discovery Middle
82,514
Dommerich Elementary School
57,070
Hunters Creek Elementary
74,587
Windermere Elementary
77,800
Riverside Elementary
58,472
Corner Lake Middle
119,851
Chain Of Lakes Middle
127,075
Orange Center Elementary
24,027
Southwood Elementary
65,845
Sunrise Elementary
49,445
Meadow Woods Middle
105,560
Conway Middle
103,307
Aloma Elementary
42,769
Winter Park High
307,892
Ivey Lane Elementary
29,418
Ridgewood Park Elementary
67,837
Shenandoah Elementary
53,350
Columbia Elementary
98,704
Hidden Oaks Elementary
48,537
Oak Hill Elementary
43,853
Wekiva High
198,792
Millennia Elementary
79,499
Westbrooke Elementary
58,675
Lake Whitney Elementary
57,716
Moss Park Elementary
96,743
Dr. Phillips Elementary
59,368
Deerwood Elementary
47,216
Castle Creek Elementary
71,119
Timber Creek High
274,937
Olympia High
266,819
Freedom High
280,235
Piedmont Lakes Middle
107,554
Gotha Middle
112,972
Odyssey Middle
84,576
Sand Lake Elementary
46,278
Wyndham Lakes Elementary
78,169
Wolf Lake Elementary
101,264
Vista Lakes Elementary
90,905
Bridgewater Middle
135,334
Avalon Middle
145,498
Stone Lakes Elementary
70,612
Sunset Park Elementary
86,855
Keenes Crossing Elementary
67,601
East River High
167,749
Lake Nona Middle
110,896
Wetherbee Elementary
59,461
Lake Nona High
162,529
Timber Lakes Elementary
70,925
Eccleston Elementary
38,728
Richmond Heights Elementary
26,590
Osceola County School District Total
$2,416,244
Harmony Community School
74,584
Narcoossee Middle School
97,079
Narcoossee Elementary
68,434
Osceola High School
194,017
St. Cloud Elementary School
85,923
St. Cloud High School
175,960
Michigan Avenue Elementary School
56,674
Koa Elementary
80,508
Reedy Creek Elementary School
71,167
Westside K-8
126,810
Hickory Tree Elementary School
56,336
Gateway High School
209,076
Mill Creek Elementary School
80,894
Celebration School
123,065
Pleasant Hill Elementary School
87,310
Deerwood Elementary School
65,138
New Dimensions High School
33,819
Professional & Technical High
64,757
Four Corners Charter School
99,119
Partin Settlement Elementary School
76,286
Osceola County School Of Arts
77,281
Harmony High School
173,360
Neptune Elementary School
82,291
Sunrise Elementary School
76,221
East Lake Elementary School
80,135
Seminole County School District Total
$4,185,563
Bear Lake Elementary School
97,474
English Estates Elementary School
68,767
Geneva Elementary School
49,272
Evans Elementary School
80,080
Layer Elementary School
52,917
Lawton Elementary School
77,934
Sanford Middle School
142,505
Walker Elementary School
72,735
Seminole High School
301,552
Millennium Middle School
158,605
South Seminole Middle School
112,883
Casselberry Elementary School
65,520
Wilson Elementary School
86,151
Crooms Academy Of Information Technology
54,161
Goldsboro Elementary Magnet
60,142
Hopper Center
4,385
Jackson Heights Middle School
110,036
Highlands Elementary School
53,674
Rainbow Elementary School
72,088
Oviedo High School
204,111
Carillon Elementary School
55,072
Teague Middle School
128,164
Red Bug Elementary School
83,176
Eastbrook Elementary School
70,381
Tuskawilla Middle School
100,755
Lake Howell High School
205,526
Altamonte Elementary School
79,019
Sabal Point Elementary School
72,419
Woodlands Elementary School
74,180
Lake Orienta Elementary School
58,702
Sterling Park Elementary School
68,885
Rock Lake Middle School
85,895
Wekiva Elementary School
64,505
Keeth Elementary School
56,273
Greenwood Lakes Middle School
86,846
Stenstrom Elementary School
60,124
Heathrow Elementary School
84,215
Partin Elementary School
70,219
Indian Trails Middle School
101,391
Chiles Middle School
119,624
Markham Woods Middle School
93,406
Bentley Elementary School
93,253
Crystal Lake Elementary School
72,284
Hagerty High School
217,812
Choices In Learning Charter
58,445
Sumter County School District Total
$398,654
Bushnell Elementary School
66,546
South Sumter Middle School
77,429
Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School
45,487
Villages Charter School
209,192

For more information, visit School Recognition Program.