School Related Employee of the Year Finalists Announced

School Related Employee of the Year Finalists Announced

Today, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accompanied by members of the School Board, Education Foundation, and others paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for School Related Employee of the Year (SREY). Dorothy Hall, a paraprofessional at C. A. Moore Elementary (CAM), Susan Helms-Smith, a bookkeeper at St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS), and Kim Neilson, a clerk at Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the School District at this year’s Night of the Stars gala.

“The SREY finalists represent the outstanding services our support staff provide to the District.  Their commitment and contribution is important to the overall success of our students,” said Gent.

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars scheduled for February 9, 2019.

About the Finalists

Dorothy Hall

Dorothy Hall is a key individual at CAM.  As a paraprofessional, she works very closely with the faculty, staff, and students. In the two years she has served in this role, she has proven herself to be committed and compassionate.  Hall has many duties and responsibilities including assisting with classroom activities, providing one-on-one tutorials, and supporting activities on campus.  However, she spreads her influence by contributing to the 21st Century Afterschool Program and the community by serving as a mentor to a group of girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.  She also dedicates time to volunteering in Sarah’s Kitchen as a means of helping to feed and clothe individuals in need.

Susan Helms-Smith

Susan Helms-Smith is efficient and organized, but to her colleagues she is much more.  This 21-year veteran employee is appreciated for the spirit and energy she brings to any task.  Students and adults alike see her as the go-to person when help is needed.  As the school’s bookkeeper, Helms-Smith keeps departments, clubs, and the school at large running smoothly and efficiently.  She can handle the numerous demands on her time with grace and always with a smile.  She is happy to organize special events on campus and volunteer in the community as well.  She does all of this to advocate for students’ successes and to demonstrate pride in her community.

Kim Neilson

Kim Neilson, is the 9th grade clerk for PSLHS’s Jaguar Preparatory Academy.  She has served the school for 14 of her 20 years with the District and is deeply committed to the high school, its staff, and students.  People see her as the “face of the office” and appreciate her warm personality as well as her can-do attitude.  Neilson assumes many roles in which her outstanding organizational skills are beneficial.  She spearheads honor roll recognitions, community events, and makes certain that the office runs smoothly.  She values the chance she has to support not only incoming freshmen, but the hundreds of returning students each year as they complete their high school careers on the PSLHS campus.

Compensation Agreements Reached for All Employees

Compensation Agreements Reached for All Employees

The School Board of St. Lucie County and all bargaining units have reached agreements regarding salary compensation for the 2018-2019 school year.

Returning CTA employees will receive an $850 retention supplement.  Their retro portion of this $850 (representing 7/1/18 through current) will be distributed by 12/19/18 and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount.  The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.

All CU employees will receive a $250 bonus by 12/19/18.  In addition, returning employees will receive a supplement in the amount equivalent to their step within the salary schedule. Their retro payment for this negotiated supplement will be distributed by 12/19/18.  This retro payment will represent 7/1/18 through current and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount.  The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.

All CWA employees will receive a $250 bonus by 12/19/18.  In addition, returning employees will receive a supplement in the amount equivalent to their step within the salary schedule.  Their retro payment for this negotiated supplement will be distributed by 1/15/19. (This timeline is due to the extended negotiations for the CWA bargaining unit.)  This retro payment will represent 7/1/18 through current and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount.  The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.

The supplement negotiated with the CWA is subject to ratification and School Board approval and, as with all negotiated agreements, is non-recurring unless future funding allows for them to become permanent salary increases. Unlike a bonus, supplements are treated as income and count toward retirement.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “The District, the CTA/CU and CWA have all worked together over the last several months to get the most out of exhausted funding options stretched thin by legislative shortfalls and unfunded mandates. Salaries fall short of where we’d like them to be, and we’re committed to finding ways to increase compensation for all employees.”

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.

 

 

 

School Related Employee of the Year Finalists Announced

School Related Employee of the Year FINALISTS Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accompanied by members of the School Board, Education Foundation, and others paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for School Related Employee of the Year (SREY). Dorothy Hall, a paraprofessional at C. A. Moore Elementary (CAM), Susan Helms-Smith, a bookkeeper at St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS), and Kim Neilson, a clerk at Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the School District at this year’s Night of the Stars gala.

“The SREY finalists represent the outstanding services our support staff provide to the District.  Their commitment and contribution is important to the overall success of our students,” said Gent.

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars scheduled for February 9, 2019.

About the Finalists

Dorothy Hall  

Dorothy Hall is a key individual at CAM.  As a paraprofessional, she works very closely with the faculty, staff, and students. In the two years she has served in this role, she has proven herself to be committed and compassionate.  Hall has many duties and responsibilities including assisting with classroom activities, providing one-on-one tutorials, and supporting activities on campus.  However, she spreads her influence by contributing to the 21st Century Afterschool Program and the community by serving as a mentor to a group of girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.  She also dedicates time to volunteering in Sarah’s Kitchen as a means of helping to feed and clothe individuals in need.

Susan Helms-Smith

Susan Helms-Smith is efficient and organized, but to her colleagues she is much more.  This 21-year veteran employee is appreciated for the spirit and energy she brings to any task.  Students and adults alike see her as the go-to person when help is needed.  As the school’s bookkeeper, Helms-Smith keeps departments, clubs, and the school at large running smoothly and efficiently.  She can handle the numerous demands on her time with grace and always with a smile.  She is happy to organize special events on campus and volunteer in the community as well.  She does all of this to advocate for students’ successes and to demonstrate pride in her community.

Kim Neilson

Kim Neilson, is the 9th grade clerk for PSLHS’s Jaguar Preparatory Academy.  She has served the school for 14 of her 20 years with the District and is deeply committed to the high school, its staff, and students.  People see her as the “face of the office” and appreciate her warm personality as well as her can-do attitude.  Neilson assumes many roles in which her outstanding organizational skills are beneficial.  She spearheads honor roll recognitions, community events, and makes certain that the office runs smoothly.  She values the chance she has to support not only incoming freshmen, but the hundreds of returning students each year as they complete their high school careers on the PSLHS campus.

 

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches New STEAM and Emerging Technology  Programs with LEGO®…

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches New STEAM and Emerging Technology Programs with LEGO®…

WHO:  St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will launch new STEAM and emerging technology programs with LEGO® Education Solutions.

 

WHAT: You are invited to create and innovate in these unique Makerspaces.  Nearly 3,000 kindergarten through high school students will participate in the programs, bringing first-of-its-kind hands-on learning opportunities to students in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

WHERE AND WHEN: 

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST)

December 13, 2018

9 AM to 10:30 AM

1100 Delaware Ave.

Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

December 12, 2018

1 PM to 3:30 PM

2250 S. Jenkins Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

 

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.