Pinellas school superintendent ready for new school year

As we approach the start of the 2016-17 school year, I want to share my enthusiasm with Pinellas students, families, staff and the community. Pinellas County Schools continues to make significant progress toward the school district’s vision of 100 percent student success.

Pinellas County Schools is committed to providing quality educational opportunities for all students, ranging from quality neighborhood schools to themed District Application Programs to career-focused academies. To meet the needs of every student, Pinellas County Schools continues to build on a long-range plan to personalize learning. Recently the school district was recognized by the Brookings Institution for the quality options available to families and scored first in school choice in the state of Florida and seventh in the nation.

The school district has expanded career-focused offerings to prepare students for advanced academic work and successful careers. More than 50 percent of Pinellas students participate in a career academy or technical program. Students in these programs earned more than 10,000 industry certifications during the 2015-16 school year. Students who participate in career education have higher graduation rates, better attendance and improved GPAs when compared to all students in district schools.

Pinellas County Schools is just one of two districts nationwide named a Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) Model Community, a milestone designation for preparing high school students for success in college, career and life. The honor means Pinellas students gain the skills and technical knowledge necessary to be successful and keep our community globally competitive.

 

[Read Full Article]