Savanna Ridge Kindergarten is the Place to Be!

Savanna Ridge Kindergarten is the Place to Be!

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Christopher’s Kindergarten class at Savanna Ridge Elementary were excited for their first day of school.  Mrs. Christopher welcomed them with open arms and enjoyed taking a first day of school picture to capture the special day!

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Northport VPK-8 School and Community Welcome Families Back to School!

Northport VPK-8 School and Community Welcome Families Back to School!

Northport VPK-8 School on Floresta Drive in Port Saint Lucie welcomed back well over one thousand students on Monday, August 17. The morning was the culmination of a solid week of planning and preparation on the part of the administration, teachers and staff. The students and parents were heralded with the smiling, welcoming faces of so many in the community who wanted to wish the students and families a great start to a fabulous school year.

On hand to ring in the 2015-2016 year was new Superintendent of SLPS E. Wayne Gent, SLPS  Chief Communications Officer Kerry Padrick, twenty members of the Northport VPK-8 School Veteran Partners in Education Program, representatives from the Port Saint Lucie Police and Fire Departments, District personnel and many, many other community members. Northport VPK-8 School is a vibrant, dynamic, community oriented school that has cultivated deep connections with families, local veterans groups, PSLPD and Port Saint Lucie Fire community. We realize that we are not a closed building, but an open and sharing member of the community. We can’t educate and empower our students alone. We welcome volunteers, business partners, veterans, rescue animal activists and many others community connections that make our school shining and special.

Northport offers a full service K-8 Gifted and Enriched program, a beautiful STEaM Center, a dynamic Choral and Instrumental Department as well as Art enrichment. We are a school on the move, continually progressing forward with new initiatives and building and keeping dreams for teachers and students alive.

Pictured entering the “Tunnel of Hope” into Northport are family members in back, Jennifer Hitsman and Dina McHugh and children, from left Nathaniel Andrades, Dominic Andrades, Maliaya Dongen and Jenilyn Keys. Special thanks to all parents and grandparents who offered words of support and thanksgiving for a wonderful school year.

STAR Award Presented to Orlando Fargas

STAR Award Presented to Orlando Fargas

 

St. Lucie Public Schools’ STAR program focuses on celebrating employees who demonstrate exceptional customer service in their endeavor to support the mission and vision of the District.

Orlando Fargas was recognized as the recipient of this prestigious award during Tuesday evening’s Board meeting.

Congratulations, Orlando! We appreciate all you do.

Pictured from left are: Michelle Jerger, Donna Mills, Orlando Fargas, Rose Abbuhl, Carolyn Rarrieck, and E. Wayne Gent

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St. Lucie Public Schools and CWA Union Reach Agreement

Through collaborative bargaining efforts, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and Communication Workers of America (CWA), Local 3181 reached an agreement for compensation. “I commend our teams for working diligently to reach an agreement prior to the start of our school year. We appreciate all of our staff members for the contributions they make to the safe and caring learning environments for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

The value of the compensation package for employees who are represented by the CWA is estimated at $663,000.00. The new contract also includes the continued Board contribution of $750.00 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. In addition to this, SLPS’s Chief Negotiator Kathy McGinn explained that an additional top step has been added to all CWA salary schedules, and all bargaining unit members will receive a step increase on the salary schedule. The collaborative bargaining teams also agreed that all CWA bargaining unit members will receive an additional $345.00 which will be reflected in the salary schedule as well.

CWA represents transportation, security, maintenance, custodial, and school meals program employees. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2015, but must first be ratified by the Board.

About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

Kids at Hope

Kids at Hope

Dr. Donna Mills, School Board Chair, and E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent, support St. Lucie students participating in a Kids at Hope field trip.  All children are capable of success – no exceptions.

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Agreement Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement today with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “We value the committed educational professionals who dedicate themselves to teaching our students and accelerating their learning. We support them and are pleased to be in a position to enhance the compensation for the important work they do for each child, every day.” This benchmark agreement was reached in partnership with Union leadership. CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement before the start of school. This is the first time in many years that we have been able to accomplish this, and it is the first step in our mutual commitment to work together as we support recruitment and retention of our employees.”

The value of compensation package is approximately $5,021,300.00. In addition to this, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750.00 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. This adds another $1,290,000.00 to the overall package bringing the total to an approximate $6,311,300.00. For teachers (CTA), this means an annual increase of approximately $1,600.00 to $1,700.00. CU members will each receive a step increase on the salary schedule and an additional $250.00. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2015.

CTA/CU members (classroom teachers and other instructional staff, clerical staff, paraprofessionals, and bus aides) can also look forward to the broadcast of an informational webinar designed to help clarify the highlights of the package and explain Pay for Performance.

About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

New Leaders Named for Two K-8 Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY: St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced that Kim Jay, a recognized literacy leader in the school district, will serve as Allapattah Flats’ new principal, and Eldrique Gardner will bring his expertise in educational leadership to the campus of St. Lucie West K-8 as its new principal. Gent expressed, “Mrs. Jay and Mr. Gardner have a strong commitment to student achievement and deep knowledge of positive instructional practices that will support the continued positive growth at these school sites. I have high expectations for them and for the schools’ success.”

Jay’s appointment was approved by the Board on July 28, 2015, and she will immediately step into her new role. This 17-year veteran educator in St. Lucie County has varied experiences that will contribute to her successful leadership of the school which serves pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students. She began her career in education as a classroom instructor, supported quality instruction as a reading coach, led summer school programs for multiple years, and most recently supported student achievement as an assistant principal. “I am very excited to begin my new journey with the students, staff, and parents of Allapattah Flats. The quality of the educational team and the positive culture there are ingredients for a very successful year,” said Jay.

Gardner, a proud graduate of St. Lucie Public Schools, received his recommendation from the Board on July 21, 2015. He has served the District for twelve years as an engaging classroom teacher, as a specialist in talent development, and as a leader in the capacity of assistant principal. Gardner said, “I am humbled by this opportunity to continue my leadership at St. Lucie West K – 8. It is a great school with a legacy of fine leadership and outstanding student achievement.”
About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

Teachers are Learners at Fairlawn

Teachers are Learners at Fairlawn

Teachers gave up some of their summer break to take part in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) training. Teachers worked together to create STEM Design challenges that allow students to solve real-world problems. They designed lessons that will give students the opportunities to collaborate with peers, design a model and test the model for effectiveness. Pictured are Brittney Eatman, Vanessa Solomon, Karla Munoz, Erika Stefani, Cathy Laite and Michelle Powers.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools: Hiring the Best and Brightest at Upcoming Teacher Job Fair

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), the largest employer in St. Lucie County, is hosting a teacher job fair on Friday, July 24, at Fort Pierce Westwood High School in Fort Pierce from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. SLPS, a fully accredited K-12 school system, is seeking high quality instructional personnel to support teaching and learning.

The District is a leader in digital innovation and has instructional openings in targeted elementary and secondary classrooms. Area school leaders will convene during this opportunity event to discuss career options for educating students today for tomorrow’s digitally-driven world.

The SLPS website (www.stlucieschools.org) will also serve as a hub of information on job opportunities, teaching requirements, salary schedules, and much more.

The Fort Pierce Westwood High School campus is located at 1801 Panther Lane in Fort Pierce.
About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.2424

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent: Sworn In As St. Lucie Public School’s New Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent: Sworn In As St. Lucie Public School’s New Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent was sworn in as St. Lucie Public School’s new Superintendent of Schools on July 21, 2015, during the School Board meeting.

The new superintendent values the support he has received from the community and appreciates this opportunity to serve.

He will focus on teaching and learning as the core mission, leadership and talent development, safety with a culture and climate conducive to learning, and communication/customer service/community engagement.

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