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Friday, March 8, 2013


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Governor Scott Presents $8.8 Million in School Recognition Funds to Hillsborough County Schools

- High student performance pays off for district's top schools -

Tampa, Fla.- Governor Rick Scott today acknowledged Hillsborough County's public schools that have sustained high student performance or demonstrated substantial improvement in student performance by presenting a check totaling nearly $8.8 million in School Recognition Program funding to representatives from Hillsborough County schools. Schools 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. What we are doing at the state and local levels to enhance the quality of our education system is working. 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 here in Hillsborough County and across the state to continue on their path of success."

Phil Jones, President, Hillsborough Education Foundation said, "The infusion of more than $8.8 million dollars from the School Recognition Program to reward Hillsborough County teachers and schools is a great boost for our school system and local economy. Hillsborough County Education Foundation supports Governor Rick Scott's Florida Families First budget proposal to increase funding for this most worthwhile program and we look forward to working with education stakeholders statewide to make the proposal a reality."

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 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 funds reward teachers and staff for a job well done and we're pleased to see so many of our schools being recognized," said Superintendent Elia. "We have more A-rated high schools than in any previous year of school grading, with nearly 50 percent of high schools receiving an 'A' grade. More than 59 percent of elementary and middle schools earned an 'A' or 'B' grade. I applaud Governor Scott's proposal for increased funding for schools and for the School Recognition Program in his Florida Families First budget. Hillsborough County teachers continue to raise the bar for our students and deserve to be rewarded."

"Governor Scott has the right idea to reward our teachers and staff for their commitment to excellence and noted improvement in our students' academic achievement," said Hillsborough School Board Chair April Griffin. "The School Recognition Program has continually provided Hillsborough's highest-performing teachers and staff with a well-deserved reward."

"Plant High School is honored to host Governor Scott and applauds his efforts to recognize Hillsborough County teachers and staff for their commitment to student achievement," said Plant High School Principal Rob Nelson. "The School Recognition Program goes a long way toward rewarding our high-performing teachers and staff. It will be shared among all our teachers and staff because they all contribute to our students' success."

The School Recognition Program distribution for Hillsborough County schools is below.

Hillsborough School District Total
$8,793,936
Advantage Academy Middle School
13,900
Advantage Academy of Hillsborough
28,457
Alafia Elementary School
53,164
Alexander Elementary School
59,151
Alonso High School
219,723
Apollo Beach Elementary School
51,979
Ballast Point Elementary School
36,536
Barrington Middle School
99,562
Bartels Middle School
77,524
Bay Crest Elementary School
74,031
Bellamy Elementary School
70,295
Benito Middle School
105,072
Bevis Elementary School
76,552
Bloomingdale High School
220,746
Boyette Springs Elementary School
52,582
Brooker Elementary School
85,744
Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School
26,703
Broward Elementary School
35,641
Bryant Elementary School
94,667
Buckhorn Elementary School
63,116
Burns Middle School
125,309
Cahoon Elementary Magnet School
33,617
Carrollwood Elementary School
67,179
Channelside Academy Of Math And Science
18,148
Chiaramonte Elementary School
35,264
Chiles Elementary School
69,924
Cimino Elementary School
73,878
Clark Elementary School
77,575
Claywell Elementary School
66,331
Coleman Middle School
86,904
Collins Elementary School
86,804
Cork Elementary School
60,589
Davidsen Middle School
105,909
Deer Park Elementary
92,421
Doby Elementary School
66,027
Dorothy Thomas Center
5,970
Durant High School
202,165
Farnell Middle School
118,306
Fishhawk Creek Elementary School
98,484
Gaither High School
181,486
Gorrie Elementary School
52,997
Grady Elementary School
37,524
Hammond Elementary School
59,622
Heritage Elementary School
56,681
Jackson Elementary School
44,220
James Elementary School
60,445
Just Elementary School
44,101
Kids Community College
29,199
Lake Magdalene Elementary School
82,530
Learning Gate Community School
74,490
Lewis Elementary School
71,276
Liberty Middle School
111,153
Limona Elementary School
44,455
Lincoln Elementary Magnet School
35,411
Lithia Springs Elementary School
56,534
Lomax Magnet Elementary School
31,257
Lowry Elementary School
87,882
Lutz Elementary School
57,372
Mabry Elementary School
70,227
Macfarlane Park Elementary Magnet School
34,194
Maniscalco Elementary School
52,713
Martinez Middle School
101,297
McKitrick Elementary School
91,159
Middleton High School
108,875
Miles Elementary School
58,536
Mintz Elementary School
74,175
Mitchell Elementary School
56,441
Mount Pleasant Standard Base Middle School
8,209
Mulrennan Middle School
113,166
Newpoint High of Tampa
20,703
Newsome High School
209,964
Northwest Elementary School
61,356
Oak Park Elementary School
56,008
Orange Grove Middle Magnet School
49,226
Pinecrest Elementary School
50,677
Pizzo Elementary School
55,002
Plant City High School
181,299
Plant High School
217,232
Pride Elementary School
83,040
Progress Village Middle Magnet School
75,004
Rampello K-8 Magnet School
64,608
Randall Middle School
124,728
Riverhills Elementary School
31,912
Riverview High School
211,336
Robinson High School
138,912
Roosevelt Elementary School
63,999
Schwarzkopf Elementary School
56,929
Seffner Elementary School
62,001
Sessums Elementary School
76,250
Shiloh Elementary Charter School
38,385
Sickles High School
182,760
Springhead Elementary School
69,090
Steinbrenner High School
200,824
Stowers Elementary School
66,109
Strawberry Crest High School
186,670
Summerfield Crossings Elementary
82,107
Symmes Elementary School
50,858
Tampa Bay Tech High School
184,016
Tampa Palms Elementary School
71,416
Terrace Community Middle School
61,418
Tinker Elementary School
59,758
Trinity Upper School
21,269
Turner Elementary School
90,946
Valrico Lake Advantage Academy
50,333
Walden Lake Elementary School
81,405
Walker Middle Magnet School
68,296
Walton Academy
14,320
Westchase Elementary School
94,193
Williams Middle Magnet School
73,744
Wilson Elementary School
31,130
Wilson Middle School
57,785
Wimauma Elementary School
43,342