Northport K8 promotes unity and student achievement

Northport K8 promotes unity and student achievement

Northport K-8 School administration, teachers and staff incorporated the St. Lucie County School Board’s theme of “Cruising To Excellence” into the overarching theme of the Northport message for the 2013-14 school year.  Faculty and staff returned to the school Media Center for introductory meetings, review of Common Core initiatives, team planning, Instructor evaluation reviews and reinforcement of positive messages. They were welcomed into the center completely decorated in a Hawaiian Islands motif complete with tiki hut and totem pole. The messages of unity with the focus on student achievement were clear and the brevity of polishing the collective Northport halo was appreciated by the entire Northport instructional and non-instructional community. The community of learners, parents and volunteers will forge ahead to honor the tremendous work accomplished by previous principals, assistant principals, instructors and thousands of students who have passed through the school doors and who are acknowledged as the bedrock of the school’s foundation.  The
excitement and positive atmosphere are pervasive and the work is just beginning. Pictured are Principal Glenn Rustay and, from left, instructors Shana Cicio, Diana Lankow, Michelle McCloskey, Rachel Ellsworth, with Chris Prusa in front.

Two additional candidates for schools superintendent to visit St. Lucie August 29

Two additional candidates for schools superintendent to visit St. Lucie August 29

Two additional candidates for Superintendent of Schools will visit St. Lucie County on August 29, search consultant Jim Huge informed the St. Lucie County School Board.

Ronald Scott Fritz, currently chief Academic Officer for the Orange County, Florida, School District, and Constance Ann Jones, currently Executive Director of School Development for the Lee County, Florida, School District, have joined the list of potential successors to Michael Lannon, who retired June 30, 2013, after a decade of service leading St. Lucie Public Schools and a 45-year career in public education. Former Deputy Superintendent Genelle Yost is the Interim Superintendent until a successor is named.

Continuing to be an active candidate from the original five finalists is Darcy Mohr, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, Colorado. Finalists Agnella Perera, Mark Rendell and Scott Bailey have withdrawn their candidacy for personal reasons; finalist Scott Flowers was eliminated following the original round of interviews June 3-4.

Fritz and Jones will follow the same format of visits and interviews on August 29 (see schedule below) as the previous sessions in June, and will be asked the same questions as those asked of the other candidates. The Superintendent’s Search Advisory Committee (SSAC), District Advisory Committee (DAC), Community Forums and School Board interviews are open to the public.

Huge has continued to contact qualified candidates throughout the search process, which began
in March, 2013, when the St. Lucie School Board contracted with Huge to conduct an extensive search. At its May 14, 2013 board meeting, Huge recommended to the Board six finalists and one alternate applicant for interviews from an original pool of 21 applicants. School Board chairman Debbie Hawley has maintained the Board is dedicated to finding the most suitable individual as St. Lucie County’s next superintendent, rather than meeting a deadline.

Finalists’ resumes may be viewed at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/Applicants/index.asp.

Time Ronald S. Fritz Constance A. Jones
8:00 – 8:30 Meet at Central Office for Coffee- 237 Meet at Central Office for Coffee- 237
8:30 – 11:00 Tour of Schools and Community Tour of Schools and Community
11:00 – 11:15 Break- 237 Break- 237
11:15 – 12:00 Unions Interview – Supt. Conf. Rm. Executive Council Interview -407
12:00 – 12:15 Break -237 Break -237
12:15 – 1:00 Exec. Council Interview/Lunch -407 Unions Interview/Lunch – Supt. Cf. Rm.
1:00 – 1:30 Break- 237 Break -237
* 1:30 – 2:45 School Board Interview- Board Room SSAC Interview- Community Room
2:45 – 3:00 Break –237 Break -237
3:00 – 4:15 SSAC Interview – Community Room *School Board Interview – Board Room
4:15 – 5:30 Dinner -237 Dinner -237
*5:30 – 6:30 DAC Interview – Supt. Conf. Rm. Community Forum – Board Room
6:30 – 6:45 Break -237 Break -237
*6:45 – 7:45 Community Forum – Board Room *DAC Interview – Supt. Conf. Rm.