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

 Governor Rick Scott today acknowledged Collier County’s public schools that have sustained high student performance or demonstrated substantial improvement in student performance by presenting a check totaling nearly $2.5 million in School Recognition Program funding to representatives from the Collier County school district. The check presentation took place before an audience of educators and community leaders at East Naples Middle School in Naples. Schools may 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, “This $2.5 million will provide additional support for both the teachers and students of Collier County schools. 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 Florida students are number one for percentage of students taking an AP exam. Our teachers have done a great job and that is why I have proposed to provide all fulltime classroom teachers a $2,500 pay raise.

“Our efforts at the state and local level to enhance the quality of our education system is working. In conjunction with our proposed $1.2 billion increase in educational funding as part of the Florida Families First Budget, the school recognition funding will allow our teachers and students in Collier County and across the state 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 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.

“We are excited to have Governor Rick Scott visiting our school district again, this time to recognize our high-performing teachers and staff with more than $2.4 million in school recognition funds,” said Collier Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton. “We very much appreciate the Governor’s continued support of public education, which he has personally demonstrated repeatedly here in our county.”

“Student achievement is our top priority,” said Collier School Board Chair Barbara Berry. “Our 3,200 Collier County Public Schools teachers and staff live our mission daily by providing exceptional educational opportunities that motivate and engage each student. The School Recognition Program is an outstanding way for the Governor to recognize our teachers for the work they do to help our students to achieve.”

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



Barron   Collier High School


Big   Cypress Elementary School


Calusa   Park Elementary School


Corkscrew   Middle School


East   Naples Middle School


Estates   Elementary School


Everglades   City School


Golden   Gate Elementary School


Golden   Terrace Elementary School


Gulf   Coast High School


Gulfview   Middle School


Lake   Park Elementary School


Laurel   Oak Elementary School


Lely   Elementary School


Lely   High School


Lorenzo   Walker Technical High School


Manatee   Elementary School


Marco   Island Charter Middle


Mike   Davis Elementary School


Naples   Park Elementary School


New   Beginnings – Naples


North   Naples Middle School


Oakridge   Middle School


Osceola   Elementary School


Palmetto   Elementary School


Pelican   Marsh Elementary School


Pine   Ridge Middle School


Pinecrest   Elementary School


Poinciana   Elementary School


Sea   Gate Elementary School


Tommie   Barfield Elementary School


Veterans   Memorial Elementary School


Vineyards   Elementary School



About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 individuals who work in education throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit www.fldoe.org.



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