Serving as the District 2 School Board member has been the greatest privilege of my life. When I ran in 2016, our School District Ranking for student achievement was at its’ lowest point. Since then, I have worked hard with our dedicated leadership team to fulfill the promises I made as a candidate.
Child Safety – This has been and will always be my first priority. With additional funds received from the state legislature and local taxpayers, we have hired additional School Resource Officers, Security Aides, School Psychologists and Social Workers. All of these individuals working together have created an environment where children can focus on learning. We have added physical security such as additional fencing and camera phones at every school. We have put in place trained threat assessment teams in every school and every member of the instructional team, including myself has participated in Active Assailant and Youth Mental Health First Aide Training.
Student Achievement – Our ranking among school districts in the state of Florida has risen from 48 to 30. Our graduation rate has risen from 75% to 86.4%. Third grade reading proficiency has risen from 66% to 70%, surpassing the state average. We continue to excel in College Readiness with 58% of students who take Advanced Placement exams receiving college credit. We also continue to focus on providing opportunities for students to continue to skilled jobs directly after high school. These opportunities will increase with the addition of an Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics program slated to begin in 2021 and made possible through a $1.75 million dollar grant and $250,000 appropriation from the State.
Efficient and Effective Use of Resources – In 2018, the voters of Charlotte County made clear that education was a priority of our community. By an overwhelming majority of 56% they voted to pay an additional 1 mill in property taxes to support our schools. The majority of funds raised has gone to increase teacher pay and to lengthen the instructional day by 30 minutes. We have also used these funds for student success initiatives. The referendum dollars are over seen by representatives of the community.