Ricks Scott Gives $23.6 Million Bonus To Central Florida Schools

ORLANDO, Florida -- Governor Rick Scott presented checks totaling more than $23.6 million in School Recognition Program funding to representatives from seven Central Florida school districts Saturday.

Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter school districts can use their school recognition award dollars for faculty or staff bonuses, to purchase educational equipment or materials, or hire temporary staff to help maintain or improve student performance.  

One Brevard County school that is scheduled to be closed, Gardendale Elementary in Merritt Island, Florida, received a performance bonus in the amount of $41,208.

“I can think of no better investment for our state than investing in those teachers who work on the frontline of Florida’s future every day by teaching our children," Governor Scott said.  "Florida students and teachers were ranked 6th for educational quality, our fourth-grade students scored among the best in the world on an international reading survey, and we recently learned Florida students are number one for percentage of students taking an AP exam. This funding, in addition to the over $1.2 billion education investments proposed as part of the Florida Families First budget, gives our schools and teachers the support they deserve.”

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.

“I commend Governor Scott’s commitment to education in Florida. The school recognition funding, along with his proposed $1.2 billion in funding for K-12 education, will offer our schools and teachers the resources they need to strengthen our education system and offer our children an even better path towards success,” said Florida State Senator Andy Gardiner whose District is made up of parts of both Orange and Brevard County.

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.

“These schools have earned this money, continuing the positive, educational opportunities taking place in their classrooms,” said Florida State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand. “Directing funding into programs with a proven track record for success is money well spent. I applaud Governor Scott’s resolve to increase funding for the School Recognition Program, which ensures that teachers who are really making a difference get rewarded.”

The total amount of school recognition funding distributed Saturday was $23,608,821.

Titusville High School      128,872
Apollo Elementary School            67,755
Coquina Elementary School         44,807
Mims Elementary School              40,809
Andrew Jackson Middle School 58,426
Imperial Estates Elementary School         58,225
Astronaut High School   106,646
Pinewood Elementary School     30,626
Challenger 7 Elementary School                46,234
Enterprise Elementary School    62,034
Space Coast Junior/Senior High School   150,593
Rockledge Senior High School     117,290
Ronald Mcnair Magnet Middle   51,307
Fairglen Elementary School         61,868
John F. Kennedy Middle School 66,841
Cocoa High School           87,256
Saturn Elementary School            70,058
Hans Christian Andersen Elementary      69,414
Ralph M Williams Junior Elementary        56,634
Manatee Elementary     84,258
Viera High School             205,380
Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School  100,296
Meadowlane Primary Elementary School              72,602
W. Melbourne Elementary School For Science    41,522
Port Malabar Elementary School               63,659
Palm Bay Elementary School       72,880
Lockmar Elementary School        68,297
Bayside High School        153,159
Westside Elementary School      75,689
Sunrise Elementary School          70,878
Heritage High School      160,997
Central Middle School    117,610
Sherwood Elementary School    47,496
Harbor City Elementary School   39,411
Croton Elementary School           53,440
Roy Allen Elementary School      47,037
Suntree Elementary School         64,477
Longleaf Elementary School        64,350
Westshore Junior/Senior High School     89,417
Quest Elementary School             77,619
Merritt Island High School            136,128
Edgewood Jr/Sr High School        87,068
Tropical Elementary School          61,910
Audubon Elementary School      48,136
Robert L. Stevenson Elementary               45,011
Gardendale Elementary Magnet School                41,208
Thomas Jefferson Middle School              58,986
Lewis Carroll Elementary School                63,287
Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School  128,398
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary              41,332
Freedom 7 Elementary School Of International Studies  38,248
Cape View Elementary School    32,057
Satellite Senior High School         106,062
Delaura Middle School   64,882
Spessard L. Holland Elementary School  38,374
Sea Park Elementary School        31,968
Surfside Elementary School         36,709
Ocean Breeze Elementary School             51,973
Indialantic Elementary School     67,178
Herbert C. Hoover Middle School             50,734
Gemini Elementary School           52,071
Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary School              82,083
Palm Bay Academy Charter School           51,728
Odyssey Charter School                58,260
Sculptor Charter School 45,993
Royal Palm Charter School           23,150
Imagine Schools At West Melbourne      36,476

Bunnell Elementary School          109,518
Rymfire Elementary School         121,998
Imagine School At Town Center                74,353
Matanzas High School    143,817
Lewis E. Wadsworth Elementary               86,228
Old Kings Elementary School       105,375
Belle Terre Elementary School   130,191
Indian Trails Middle School          81,836

Beverly Shores Elementary School           44,874
Eustis Elementary School              46,177
Sawgrass Bay Elementary School              101,789
Grassy Lake Elementary School 94,648
Sorrento Elementary      67,377
East Ridge Middle School              100,427
Gray Middle School         92,085
The Villages Elementary Of Lady Lake School       72,911
Seminole Springs Elementary School       56,321
Round Lake Elementary School  74,166
Mt. Dora High School      99,838
Treadway Elementary School     88,091
Astatula Elementary School         55,716
Lost Lake Elementary School       100,780
Groveland Elementary School    78,607
Clermont Middle School               66,082
Pine Ridge Elementary School    78,678
Cypress Ridge Elementary School             55,498
East Ridge High School   207,888
Lake Minneola High School          119,342
Imagine Schools At South Lake  94,872

Lake Eola Charter             20,426
Hope Charter     36,843
Nap Ford Community Charter    11,941
Oakland Avenue Charter              46,857
Orlando Science Middle High Charter      45,431
Legacy High Charter        11,980
Cornerstone Academy Charter  68,605
Cornerstone Charter Academy High School          17,884
Cypress Springs Elementary        68,397
Hillcrest Elementary        41,281
Kaley Elementary             21,752
Oakshire Elementary      66,416
Endeavor Elementary    69,832
Camelot Elementary       51,214
Avalon Elementary          82,047
West Creek Elementary                65,831
Thornebrooke Elementary          69,399
Legacy Middle   83,232
Freedom Middle              105,189
Princeton Elementary    40,040
East Lake Elementary     59,148
Riverdale Elementary     60,035
Apopka Middle 98,090
Lake George Elementary              54,753
Andover Elementary      60,682
Whispering Oak Elementary School         125,912
Lakeview Middle              127,287
Tildenville Elementary   45,419
Hunters Creek Middle   105,381
Lake Silver Elementary  60,052
Audubon Park Elementary           105,169
Dream Lake Elementary                69,085
Lakemont Elementary   67,765
Glenridge Middle             129,585
Blankner K-8      92,711
Evans High          186,902
Maitland Middle               96,172
Brookshire Elementary  48,695
Northlake Park Community Elementary 100,570
Dover Shores Elementary            59,161
Durrance Elementary     39,830
Tangelo Park Elementary              29,889
Chickasaw Elementary   71,481
Spring Lake Elementary 49,985
Hiawassee Elementary  67,191
Mccoy Elementary          59,467
Dr. Phillips High 332,230
Clarcona Elementary      87,319
Palm Lake Elementary   56,340
Arbor Ridge K-8                69,422
Metrowest Elementary 140,274
Southwest Middle           113,132
Meadow Woods Elementary      51,781
Waterbridge Elementary              97,085
Windy Ridge K-8               107,138
Bay Meadows Elementary           54,561
John Young Elementary                68,134
Waterford Elementary  67,340
Discovery Middle             82,514
Dommerich Elementary School  57,070
Hunters Creek Elementary          74,587
Windermere Elementary              77,800
Riverside Elementary     58,472
Corner Lake Middle        119,851
Chain Of Lakes Middle   127,075
Orange Center Elementary          24,027
Southwood Elementary                65,845
Sunrise Elementary         49,445
Meadow Woods Middle               105,560
Conway Middle                103,307
Aloma Elementary           42,769
Winter Park High              307,892
Ivey Lane Elementary    29,418
Ridgewood Park Elementary       67,837
Shenandoah Elementary              53,350
Columbia Elementary     98,704
Hidden Oaks Elementary              48,537
Oak Hill Elementary         43,853
Wekiva High       198,792
Millennia Elementary     79,499
Westbrooke Elementary              58,675
Lake Whitney Elementary            57,716
Moss Park Elementary   96,743
Dr. Phillips Elementary   59,368
Deerwood Elementary  47,216
Castle Creek Elementary              71,119
Timber Creek High           274,937
Olympia High     266,819
Freedom High   280,235
Piedmont Lakes Middle                107,554
Gotha Middle    112,972
Odyssey Middle               84,576
Sand Lake Elementary   46,278
Wyndham Lakes Elementary      78,169
Wolf Lake Elementary    101,264
Vista Lakes Elementary 90,905
Bridgewater Middle        135,334
Avalon Middle   145,498
Stone Lakes Elementary               70,612
Sunset Park Elementary                86,855
Keenes Crossing Elementary      67,601
East River High  167,749
Lake Nona Middle           110,896
Wetherbee Elementary                59,461
Lake Nona High 162,529
Timber Lakes Elementary             70,925
Eccleston Elementary     38,728
Richmond Heights Elementary   26,590

Harmony Community School      74,584
Narcoossee Middle School          97,079
Narcoossee Elementary                68,434
Osceola High School        194,017
St. Cloud Elementary School       85,923
St. Cloud High School      175,960
Michigan Avenue Elementary School      56,674
Koa Elementary                80,508
Reedy Creek Elementary School               71,167
Westside K-8     126,810
Hickory Tree Elementary School                56,336
Gateway High School     209,076
Mill Creek Elementary School     80,894
Celebration School          123,065
Pleasant Hill Elementary School 87,310
Deerwood Elementary School    65,138
New Dimensions High School     33,819
Professional & Technical High     64,757
Four Corners Charter School       99,119
Partin Settlement Elementary School     76,286
Osceola County School Of Arts   77,281
Harmony High School     173,360
Neptune Elementary School       82,291
Sunrise Elementary School          76,221
East Lake Elementary School       80,135

Bear Lake Elementary School      97,474
English Estates Elementary School            68,767
Geneva Elementary School         49,272
Evans Elementary School              80,080
Layer Elementary School              52,917
Lawton Elementary School          77,934
Sanford Middle School  142,505
Walker Elementary School           72,735
Seminole High School     301,552
Millennium Middle School           158,605
South Seminole Middle School  112,883
Casselberry Elementary School  65,520
Wilson Elementary School            86,151
Crooms Academy Of Information Technology     54,161
Goldsboro Elementary Magnet 60,142
Hopper Center  4,385
Jackson Heights Middle School  110,036
Highlands Elementary School      53,674
Rainbow Elementary School        72,088
Oviedo High School         204,111
Carillon Elementary School          55,072
Teague Middle School   128,164
Red Bug Elementary School         83,176
Eastbrook Elementary School     70,381
Tuskawilla Middle School              100,755
Lake Howell High School               205,526
Altamonte Elementary School    79,019
Sabal Point Elementary School   72,419
Woodlands Elementary School  74,180
Lake Orienta Elementary School                58,702
Sterling Park Elementary School                68,885
Rock Lake Middle School              85,895
Wekiva Elementary School          64,505
Keeth Elementary School             56,273
Greenwood Lakes Middle School             86,846
Stenstrom Elementary School    60,124
Heathrow Elementary School     84,215
Partin Elementary School             70,219
Indian Trails Middle School          101,391
Chiles Middle School      119,624
Markham Woods Middle School               93,406
Bentley Elementary School          93,253
Crystal Lake Elementary School 72,284
Hagerty High School        217,812
Choices In Learning Charter         58,445

Bushnell Elementary School        66,546
South Sumter Middle School      77,429
Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School     45,487
Villages Charter School  209,192

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