Half-Cent Sales Tax Renewal
With the expiration of the existing half-cent sales tax occurring on December 31st 2015, the Monroe County School Board is proposing a renewal of this levy for another ten years to upgrade and address security needs at school facilities, equip schools with modern technology, construct new facilities, and provide for renovations and additions to existing school structures. This renewal will be brought to the voters of Monroe County at the General Election on November 4, 2014. More information on this proposal can be found by selecting the Half Cent Sales Tax Renewal button in the Top Issues section of this web page.
Horace O'Bryant Students Celebrate the Constitution
Each year on September 17th, people around the country recite the Preamble to the Constitution to celebrate Constitution Day. Pictured are 8th grade HOB teacher Eric P. Nelson dressed as the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, and 5th grade HOB teacher Amanda Gambill, along with fifth grade students C. Berube-Gray and E. Gallo-Tumm, and eighth-graders M. Atwell, D. Rivera and F. Gartenmeyer.
District Advisory Council Meeting
The Monroe County School District’s District Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Marathon High School Media Center, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon.
Notice of Collaborative Bargaining
The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will hold Collaborative Bargaining Sessions as follows:
Take Stock in Children Earns Program Excellence Award
For the second year in a row, the Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County has earned a program excellence award for its outstanding mentor and college success coach services. “This would not have been possible without the dedication of our devoted volunteer mentors and our wonderful college success coaches who go above and beyond.” said program coordinator Chuck Licis.
Take Stock in Children is the flagship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF). “Obviously, I’m thrilled and the board is delighted that we’ve been able to continue to win this award,” said Steve Pribramsky, president of the MCEF. “We don’t actually put a lot of emphasis on winning the award. Instead, we try to spend as much time as possible focusing on creating a better program year after year.”
Twenty-one Take Stock programs in Florida were recognized for their achievements last year. “We are proud to be in the top third of successful programs in the state. We are looking to build on our successes and continue to work with our college bound students to earn a degree, certificate, or other credentials.” Licis reiterated.
“This year, we hope to offer a TSIC college scholarship opportunity to at least forty new students in the county,” Licis continued, “but we need mentors. We must have a mentor for each student we enroll.” The MCEF encourages community members throughout the Keys to consider becoming a mentor for a Take Stock in Children scholar.
For more information about mentoring or the TSIC program, call 305-293-1546 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Largo School Celebrates International Literacy Day
Key Largo School celebrated International Literacy Day on September 8, and classes participated in Literacy Activities throughout the day. Sixth grade AVID students performed in a kick off video, and Middle School Elite Band students wrapped it up by reading stories, accompanied by music, to the elementary students. Banners and signs were created by Middle School Art Students. Thanks to all at KLS for making International Literacy Day a success!
Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program
The Monroe County School District announces its policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for students under the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS. Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting Deb Stecklein, 241 Trumbo Rd. Key West, FL 305-293-1400 x 53343.
Parents can sign up for the Free and Reduced-Price Meals program online. Click here to access the online application.
Konrath Selected for FHSAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Marathon High School junior Sydney Konrath has been selected to sit on the state-level FHSAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the next two years. She is one of four students representing Section 4 on the 16-member panel . The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide a voice for student-athletes within the FHSAA governance structure, in the following areas:
• Current issues facing student-athletes
• Input regarding rules and regulations
• Input on FHSAA special initiatives (e.g., sportsmanship campaign)
• Promotion of a positive image of the student-athlete
For more information about the Florida High School Athletic Association, visit www.fhsaa.org.