Local Airport – A Great Landing for Skilled Trades

Local Airport – A Great Landing for Skilled Trades

Exciting projects are underway at St. Lucie County’s Airport. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and others participated in a groundbreaking event for the MRO (Maintenance, Rehab, and Overhaul) Hangar.  This facility will have the capability to house full-size jetliners for maintenance and overhaul — very positive for our county and for students working toward aligned industry certifications.

County MRO Hangar Facts

  • The last new commercial construction at the airport was two manufacturing buildings on Industrial 33rd in 1980. The last new building constructed by the County was Fire Station 4 in 2008. The last new hangar was constructed by our fixed base operator in 2008 – a 12,000 sq. foot aircraft storage hangar.
  • The hangar and site has been carefully designed to house a 737 or A320 and an Embraer 175 undergoing maintenance activities at the same time.
  • The hangar will be the 2nd tallest structure on the airport at 59.5 feet – the tallest being the Air Traffic Control Tower at over 60 feet. It will feature over 32,000 sq. /ft. of space including more than 27,000 sq. /ft. of hangar area, 3,000 square feet of office space, 1,600 square feet of shops space, and a 600 sq. /ft. fire room. The adjacent apron is large (150 ft. x 190 ft) and a perfect complement to the hangar.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for an aircraft mechanic is over $60k per year.
Palm Pointe Middle School Escape Room Event

Palm Pointe Middle School Escape Room Event

Students and families at Palm Pointe Educational Research School came out to participate in an Escape Room Event.  This event was designed to allow students to work together in solving various academic tasks that led them to clues.  These clues revealed special codes to lock boxes that revealed their next tasks.  Escape room tasks included different types of government systems, FSA Mathematical questions, language and editing tasks, and research on the inventions of Benjamin Franklin.  Students had to use black lights and QR codes to assist them in revealing the correct answers.  Both students and families had a terrific time trying to escape their rooms by completing the challenges set for them.  Additionally, this event was tied to a reading gamification students are participating in based off of the novel, The Eureka Key by Sarah Thomson.

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Carmen Ortiz, Risk Management Specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools, bears the distinction of this year’s Outstanding Risk Manager in the Employer category. The news came at the 7th annual IN TOUCH Excellence Awards Gala.

The award recognizes outstanding performance in the workers’ compensation industry. “I’m just so honored,” said Ortiz. “I love what I do.  I work with a wonderful team, and I’m able to focus my energies on helping people.  When they come to me, they have questions and I want to instill confidence in them knowing that I’m there to help.”

Ortiz began her career in risk management nine years ago as a safety specialist and has worked in her current role for the past five years.  According to Susan Carver, Director of Risk Management for the District, “Carmen exemplifies the values the District holds as paramount for service and professionalism. She demonstrates outstanding commitment, shows care in working with individuals, and understands the importance of quality and timely customer service.”

The Excellence Awards were created established by IN TOUCH as a platform on which to recognize the best-of-the-best performance of professionals working within the workers’ compensation industry through a nomination process resulting in a formal awards celebration.

Physicians, providers of health services, and others in the workers compensation industry are formally recognized by IN TOUCH.  Colleagues, clients, and others submit nominations based on outstanding performance, excellence in customer service, and field-of-work expertise.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  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.



Student Art, 3D, Photography, and Video Contest

Student Art, 3D, Photography, and Video Contest


THEME: All artwork, 3D sculptures, photographs or video should focus on the corner-stones of representative government, Free Speech, Free Press and Free Society and how these rights ensure “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.“

Artwork needs to be on colored construction paper or white/colored poster board, no larger than 22 x 28 inches. Only original artwork from individual students will be considered. Cutouts from news or media publications are not permitted and will disqualify the entry! Please clearly print your full name, school grade, name of teacher (for contact purposes) and name of school on the back of your artwork.

3D sculptures may be submitted in any medium, but should not be larger than 12 inches wide by 12 inches deep by 18 inches high, and should not weigh more than 20 pounds.

Photographs must be taken by the student. Photographs may not be larger than 11 x 14 inches. Photographs may be enhanced, edited or photoshopped. Please attach all photos to colored construction paper or white/colored poster board, no larger than 22 x 28 inches along with a type written summary in a large print font attached to the front of the poster board. Please also attach an unedited 4 inch by 6 inch reference copy of the original unedited photograph to the front or back. Also, the student is free to decorate the poster board, but it should not be the primary focus of the submission.

Videos submitted must be either a 30 second public service announcement, or an informational piece not exceeding 2 minutes in length with focus on the Law Day theme. Students will provide a copy of the video on either a CD/DVD or thumb drive.

All submissions are the property of the Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library. Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, technical use of the materials chosen and how well the theme is incorporated into the work. Please be sure to include the student’s name and contact information with their submission or it may be disqualified.


Submissions must be delivered to the Rupert J. Smith Law Library located at: 221South Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida, 34950 between Monday through Thurs-day: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (772) 462-2370.
Entries must be turned in no later than March 22, 2019.
Award winners will receive their prize and certificate during an award ceremony held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 beginning at 5:00pm at the Paula A. Lewis Branch Library, 2950 SW Rosser Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Please join us in celebration of Law Day. Light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions about Law Day 2019 rules & guidelines? Please call Kim A. Cunzo, Esq.:(772) 409-4353.


Law Day 2019 – Final Revision – Rules

Harbor Place Color Guard

Harbor Place Color Guard

On Friday November 9, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s color guard presented our nation’s colors for a Veterans Day ceremony at the independent and assisted living retirement community Harbor Place in Port St. Lucie.

Commanding the color guard was Cadet Sergeant Lawrence Moleon- Mathews, accompanied by Cadet Commander Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz, Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennett as state guard, and Cadet Private First- Class Emma Lewiston as National Guard.

Members of the community were thankful to have a color guard present for the duration of the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.