SLPS Honored as One of Best Places to Work

SLPS Honored as One of Best Places to Work

With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. This announcement came amid cheers from staff members at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on November 1st and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted the award on behalf of the District, and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students saying, “You win with the right people.”  SLPS Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez agrees.  “The new retention and recruitment model we now use has transformed our human resources department from a compliance machine to a strategic force in K-12 education.” Sanchez added, “The HR retention and recruitment model is unique and unlike any model currently used in public education today.”

Winning the Best Places to Work distinction enhances the SLPS recruitment brand and model which integrates support functions that correlate to the District’s mission and vision.   Determining factors for award recognition which is open to organizations annually include turnover, growth, training, benefits, profit sharing, pay, work environment, and retirement programs.

 

SLPS Honored as One of Best Places to Work

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of Best Places to Work

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. This announcement came amid cheers from staff members at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on November 1st and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted the award on behalf of the District, and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students saying, “You win with the right people.”  SLPS Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez agrees.  “The new retention and recruitment model we now use has transformed our human resources department from a compliance machine to a strategic force in K-12 education.” Sanchez added, “The HR retention and recruitment model is unique and unlike any model currently used in public education today.”

Winning the Best Places to Work distinction enhances the SLPS recruitment brand and model which integrates support functions that correlate to the District’s mission and vision.   Determining factors for award recognition which is open to organizations annually include turnover, growth, training, benefits, profit sharing, pay, work environment, and retirement programs.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month

November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month

Get Involved!  #EngagedFamiliesFL
  • Contact your child’s teacher early in the school year and maintain communication throughout the school year.
  • Participate in parent/teacher conferences.
  • Ask the teacher what your child is learning and how you can support this at home.
  • Talk with your child daily about homework, classroom activities, and events.
  • Learn about school policies and expectations so you can help your child understand them.
  • Make efforts to stay informed of school and classroom events.
  • Model behaviors and attitudes you expect from your child.
  • Encourage and nurture your child’s creativity.
  • Be proactive in making the school aware of your support for your child’s education.
  • Talk with your employer about flex time so you can participate in school activities.
  • Establish a daily family routine.
  • Monitor out of school activities.
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Express high, but realistic expectations for achievement.
  • Encourage your child’s development/progress in school.
  • Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.
  • Be positive when talking with your child about school related activities.
And the Beat Goes On

And the Beat Goes On

It is only the first quarter of the year, and already so may wonderful musical events and accomplishments have occurred for students and staff in St. Lucie Public Schools!

Let’s sing the good news from the roof tops!

Treasure Coast High School and Port St. Lucie High School have brought back Choir to their campuses.

The choruses at Westwood High School and Lincoln Park Academy have been selected to perform again this year in Disney’s Candlelight Ceremony.  Both schools have enjoyed participating in this prestigious event for many years and consider it a time-honored tradition of musical excellence.

The 6th Annual Giving Concert took place on October 25, in the auditorium at Lincoln Park Academy.  Audience members received the gift of song/music from nine middle and high school choirs.  In return, community members gave non-perishable items as the price of admission, and SLPS gave those items to Grace Packs.

Thus far, two students from Forest Grove will be participating in All State. We look forward to hearing about more of our students as notifications are received.

Susan Seal, principal at TCHS, will be acknowledged as Administrator of the Year FMEC for her support of music.

On October 14, SLPS hosted its inaugural Marching Band Showcase —  a fundraiser for MS/HS bands and showcase our 5 HS Marching bands.  The Steel Drum ensemble from LPA and a MS combined band performed the National Anthem at the beginning of the Showcase.  The combined MS/HS bands performed a number together to conclude the program.  It was another great night for music.

Marching Band MPAs occurred in late October and early November.  The bands did really well and received the following ratings:

Fort Pierce Central High School – Excellent

Fort Pierce Westwood High School – Superior

Port St. Lucie High School – Superior

Treasure Coast High School – Superior

St. Lucie West Centennial High School – Excellent

Congratulations to our music program!

 

 

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Kimberly Albritton was recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential.

 

Albritton, St. Lucie Public Schools coordinator for business services, was among 82 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination.  Initially established in 1979 as the Professional Public Buyer (PPB) certificate program and expanded in 1991 to a full-scale certification, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of government.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Bargeron lauds Albritton’s accomplishment saying, “Professional certification makes a powerful statement about the level of passion and commitment an individual has for providing outstanding service.”

 

To become CPPB certified, candidates must demonstrate through the application process, that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC; including formal education procurement-related coursework/training, and public procurement experience.  A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts.  The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency.

 

To date, 10,283 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status.  For a complete listing of CPPB certified individuals and for additional information and qualifications, please visit the UPPCC website, uppcc.org.