Palm Beach County School Updates

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Thank a teacher this year

The School District of Palm Beach County is celebrating teachers for the world they do with its Thank-a-Teacher Campaign.

The campaign will run through the 2017-2018 school year.

Students can download a template to create a special message to a teacher. Community members can send a special thank you message, pictures and gracious messages can be shared on social media using the hashtag #ThankaTeacherPBC and local businesses can also show their appreciation by providing specials, offers, discounts and services to teachers throughout the year.

“Our teachers are heroes to so many, and deserve to be honored every day,” Superintendent Robert Avossa said. “We hope the Thank-a-Teacher campaign will encourage businesses and organizations throughout Palm Beach County to step up and thank a teacher, whether through sponsoring an event at one of our schools, or becoming a District business partner.”

Visit the Thank-a-Teacher Campaign website at www.palmbeachschools.org/ThankATeacher.

New school buses to hit the road this school year

Your child many be picked up for school in one of the 78 new school buses that were purchased thanks to proceeds from the penny sales tax that was recently approved by voters.

The buses will be ready to go for the first day of school on Aug. 14.

They are air conditioned, have seatbelt and video cameras. About half of the new buses will be able to hold more than five wheelchairs, an increase from older buses. They will also be able to lift and lower wheelchairs totaling 1,000 pounds, which is an increase.

School district officials hope to replace all of the buses if there is enough money generated from the tax. The penny tax is expected to generate approximately $2.7 billion over the next 10 years.

The School District will receive half of the sales tax revenue collected during the next decade, and has identified more than $1.3 billion in projects at all District-operated schools.

This summer, sales tax money has been used on several other local school improvement projects including placing a new roof on Carver Middle School, a paving project at Del Prado Elementary and weatherproofing and water intrusion prevention at Eagles Landing Middle School.

To learn more about how sales tax money will be spent in Palm Beach County schools, visit www.palmbeachschools.org/referendum2016.

School grades see bump up

Thirty schools operated by the School District of Palm Beach County improved by at least one letter grade, according to the school district.

Student performance on the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) provides the foundation for state grades, based on a school grading system adopted by the State Board of Education.

A total of 63 district-operated schools earned A’s from the state and 35 schools earned B’s, which equals 61 percent of traditional schools in Palm Beach County. No district-operated school received an F this year, and only eight district-operated schools received a D.

Several Boca and Delray schools improved from a B to an A: Banyan Creek Elementary School, Boca Raton Community Middle School, Hammock Pointe Elementary School, Olympic Heights Community High School and Sandpiper Shores Elementary School.

The School District of Palm Beach County received a B for the 2016-2017 school year.

“We are very proud of our students, teachers and administrators for making Palm Beach County schools the highest performing large, urban school district in the state. We have the highest percentage of A and B rated schools in several years and no F-rated schools,” said Dr. David Christiansen, Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Schools for the School District of Palm Beach County. “This is a testament that our school district is delivering results aligned to our mission to provide a world-class education with equity and access for all students.”