– High student performance pays off for district’s top schools –

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

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