Governor Scott Presents $23 Million in School Recognition Checks to School Districts in Orlando Area

–High student performance pays off for hundreds of area’s top schools –

Governor Rick Scott today presented checks totaling more than $23.6 million in School Recognition Program funding to school districts in the Orlando area. Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter school districts can use their school recognition award dollars for faculty or staff bonuses, to purchase educational equipment or materials, or hire temporary staff to help maintain or improve student performance.

Governor Scott said, “I can think of no better investment for our state than investing in those teachers who work on the frontline of Florida’s future every day by teaching our children. Florida students and teachers were ranked 6th for educational quality, our fourth-grade students scored among the best in the world on an international reading survey, and we recently learned Florida students are number one for percentage of students taking an AP exam. This funding, in addition to the over $1.2 billion education investments proposed as part of the Florida Families First budget, gives our schools and teachers the support they deserve.”

Senator Andy Gardiner said, “I commend Governor Scott’s commitment to education in Florida. The school recognition funding, along with his proposed $1.2 billion in funding for K-12 education, will offer our schools and teachers the resources they need to strengthen our education system and offer our children an even better path towards success.”

Florida’s School Recognition Program acknowledges the quality of public schools by giving financial rewards based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement in reading, mathematics, science and writing. Schools eligible for recognition awards include those receiving an “A” school grade, improving at least one letter grade from the previous year, or improving more than one letter grade and sustaining the improvement the following school year. Alternative schools that increase their school improvement rating or are rated “Improving” also qualify for awards. The school staff and school advisory council at each recognized school jointly decide how to use the financial award.

“Governor Scott understands that rewarding schools for performance promotes even higher achievement,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “His Florida Families First budget calls for an even larger commitment to the School Recognition Program.”

As part of his Florida Families First Budget, Governor Scott requested an increase in School Recognition Program funding to $125 per student, up from $93 this year. State funding for K-12 education in the Florida Families First budget totals $10.7 billion – the highest state funding level in history. Included in this historic total is $480 million to support $2,500 pay raises for Florida’s K-12 classroom teachers, plus the cost of associated benefits.

Total funding for K-12 education in the Florida Families First budget is $18.47 billion, an increase of $1.25 billion, or 7.3 percent, over last year’s budget, which also invested $1 billion in K-12 education. This increase represents per student funding of $6,799, an increase of more than $400 over the current fiscal year.

“These schools have earned this money, continuing the positive, educational opportunities taking place in their classrooms,” said Florida State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand. “Directing funding into programs with a proven track record for success is money well spent. I applaud Governor Scott’s resolve to increase funding for the School Recognition Program, which ensures that teachers who are really making a difference get rewarded.”

“We understand that what we want to improve, we should measure; and when there is improvement, we should reward it,” said Public Schools Chancellor Pam Stewart. “That is exactly what Governor Scott is doing as he visits the districts to recognize school improvement in a tangible way. By asking for an increase in the School Recognition Program next year, he is reinforcing that further.”

Before an audience of educators and community leaders, Governor Scott presented the checks to representatives from seven school districts at Freedom Middle School in Orange County—a school that has earned an “A” grade for the past seven years.

“Orange County’s educators are dedicated to preparing 21st century learners for exciting futures that include college and careers,” said Orange County School District Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins. “I am pleased that our teachers and staff will be able to receive these extra dollars as a ‘thank you’ for a job well done. I support Governor Scott’s Florida Families First Budget, including the proposed funding increase for the School Recognition Program. Funds invested in public education are an investment in Florida’s future.”

Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce said, “Infusing more than $130 million into Florida schools that are improving or consistently providing excellent educational experiences will have a positive impact on our economy. These dollars will increase digital learning tools, provide the necessary resources to support our teachers, while encouraging greater accountability. Ultimately, this will keep the nation’s best teachers right here in the Sunshine State. We support Governor Scott’s efforts to invest in Florida’s education system.”

“Providing a quality education to each student in Florida is essential to the long-term success of our state,” said Florida State Board of Education Member John Colon. “By backing up our high expectations with financial incentives, we give teachers and students the motivation they need to continue to thrive, in spite of the rigorous demands placed on them. I support Governor Scott’s effort to increase funding for this most worthwhile program.”

Florida State Board of Education Member Dr. Ada Armas stated, “I commend Florida’s teachers and school administrators for their outstanding dedication to student growth and achievement. School recognition funding is one way Florida rewards its hardworking school leaders and encourages competition among schools for greater learning gains. I encourage all education stakeholders to support Governor Scott’s budget proposal to increase funding for this vital rewards program.”

The total amount of school recognition funding distributed today is $23,608,821.


Titusville High School 128,872

Apollo Elementary School 67,755

Coquina Elementary School 44,807

Mims Elementary School 40,809

Andrew Jackson Middle School 58,426

Imperial Estates Elementary School 58,225

Astronaut High School 106,646

Pinewood Elementary School 30,626

Challenger 7 Elementary School 46,234

Enterprise Elementary School 62,034

Space Coast Junior/Senior High School 150,593

Rockledge Senior High School 117,290

Ronald Mcnair Magnet Middle 51,307

Fairglen Elementary School 61,868

John F. Kennedy Middle School 66,841

Cocoa High School 87,256

Saturn Elementary School 70,058

Hans Christian Andersen Elementary 69,414

Ralph M Williams Junior Elementary 56,634

Manatee Elementary 84,258

Viera High School 205,380

Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School 100,296

Meadowlane Primary Elementary School 72,602

W. Melbourne Elementary School For Science 41,522

Port Malabar Elementary School 63,659

Palm Bay Elementary School 72,880

Lockmar Elementary School 68,297

Bayside High School 153,159

Westside Elementary School 75,689

Sunrise Elementary School 70,878

Heritage High School 160,997

Central Middle School 117,610

Sherwood Elementary School 47,496

Harbor City Elementary School 39,411

Croton Elementary School 53,440

Roy Allen Elementary School 47,037

Suntree Elementary School 64,477

Longleaf Elementary School 64,350

Westshore Junior/Senior High School 89,417

Quest Elementary School 77,619

Merritt Island High School 136,128

Edgewood Jr/Sr High School 87,068

Tropical Elementary School 61,910

Audubon Elementary School 48,136

Robert L. Stevenson Elementary 45,011

Gardendale Elementary Magnet School 41,208

Thomas Jefferson Middle School 58,986

Lewis Carroll Elementary School 63,287

Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School 128,398

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary 41,332

Freedom 7 Elementary School Of International Studies 38,248

Cape View Elementary School 32,057

Satellite Senior High School 106,062

Delaura Middle School 64,882

Spessard L. Holland Elementary School 38,374

Sea Park Elementary School 31,968

Surfside Elementary School 36,709

Ocean Breeze Elementary School 51,973

Indialantic Elementary School 67,178

Herbert C. Hoover Middle School 50,734

Gemini Elementary School 52,071

Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary School 82,083

Palm Bay Academy Charter School 51,728

Odyssey Charter School 58,260

Sculptor Charter School 45,993

Royal Palm Charter School 23,150

Imagine Schools At West Melbourne 36,476



Bunnell Elementary School 109,518

Rymfire Elementary School 121,998

Imagine School At Town Center 74,353

Matanzas High School 143,817

Lewis E. Wadsworth Elementary 86,228

Old Kings Elementary School 105,375

Belle Terre Elementary School 130,191

Indian Trails Middle School 81,836



Beverly Shores Elementary School 44,874

Eustis Elementary School 46,177

Sawgrass Bay Elementary School 101,789

Grassy Lake Elementary School 94,648

Sorrento Elementary 67,377

East Ridge Middle School 100,427

Gray Middle School 92,085

The Villages Elementary Of Lady Lake School 72,911

Seminole Springs Elementary School 56,321

Round Lake Elementary School 74,166

Mt. Dora High School 99,838

Treadway Elementary School 88,091

Astatula Elementary School 55,716

Lost Lake Elementary School 100,780

Groveland Elementary School 78,607

Clermont Middle School 66,082

Pine Ridge Elementary School 78,678

Cypress Ridge Elementary School 55,498

East Ridge High School 207,888

Lake Minneola High School 119,342

Imagine Schools At South Lake 94,872



Lake Eola Charter 20,426

Hope Charter 36,843

Nap Ford Community Charter 11,941

Oakland Avenue Charter 46,857

Orlando Science Middle High Charter 45,431

Legacy High Charter 11,980

Cornerstone Academy Charter 68,605

Cornerstone Charter Academy High School 17,884

Cypress Springs Elementary 68,397

Hillcrest Elementary 41,281

Kaley Elementary 21,752

Oakshire Elementary 66,416

Endeavor Elementary 69,832

Camelot Elementary 51,214

Avalon Elementary 82,047

West Creek Elementary 65,831

Thornebrooke Elementary 69,399

Legacy Middle 83,232

Freedom Middle 105,189

Princeton Elementary 40,040

East Lake Elementary 59,148

Riverdale Elementary 60,035

Apopka Middle 98,090

Lake George Elementary 54,753

Andover Elementary 60,682

Whispering Oak Elementary School 125,912

Lakeview Middle 127,287

Tildenville Elementary 45,419

Hunters Creek Middle 105,381

Lake Silver Elementary 60,052

Audubon Park Elementary 105,169

Dream Lake Elementary 69,085

Lakemont Elementary 67,765

Glenridge Middle 129,585

Blankner K-8 92,711

Evans High 186,902

Maitland Middle 96,172

Brookshire Elementary 48,695

Northlake Park Community Elementary 100,570

Dover Shores Elementary 59,161

Durrance Elementary 39,830

Tangelo Park Elementary 29,889

Chickasaw Elementary 71,481

Spring Lake Elementary 49,985

Hiawassee Elementary 67,191

Mccoy Elementary 59,467

Dr. Phillips High 332,230

Clarcona Elementary 87,319

Palm Lake Elementary 56,340

Arbor Ridge K-8 69,422

Metrowest Elementary 140,274

Southwest Middle 113,132

Meadow Woods Elementary 51,781

Waterbridge Elementary 97,085

Windy Ridge K-8 107,138

Bay Meadows Elementary 54,561

John Young Elementary 68,134

Waterford Elementary 67,340

Discovery Middle 82,514

Dommerich Elementary School 57,070

Hunters Creek Elementary 74,587

Windermere Elementary 77,800

Riverside Elementary 58,472

Corner Lake Middle 119,851

Chain Of Lakes Middle 127,075

Orange Center Elementary 24,027

Southwood Elementary 65,845

Sunrise Elementary 49,445

Meadow Woods Middle 105,560

Conway Middle 103,307

Aloma Elementary 42,769

Winter Park High 307,892

Ivey Lane Elementary 29,418

Ridgewood Park Elementary 67,837

Shenandoah Elementary 53,350

Columbia Elementary 98,704

Hidden Oaks Elementary 48,537

Oak Hill Elementary 43,853

Wekiva High 198,792

Millennia Elementary 79,499

Westbrooke Elementary 58,675

Lake Whitney Elementary 57,716

Moss Park Elementary 96,743

Dr. Phillips Elementary 59,368

Deerwood Elementary 47,216

Castle Creek Elementary 71,119

Timber Creek High 274,937

Olympia High 266,819

Freedom High 280,235

Piedmont Lakes Middle 107,554

Gotha Middle 112,972

Odyssey Middle 84,576

Sand Lake Elementary 46,278

Wyndham Lakes Elementary 78,169

Wolf Lake Elementary 101,264

Vista Lakes Elementary 90,905

Bridgewater Middle 135,334

Avalon Middle 145,498

Stone Lakes Elementary 70,612

Sunset Park Elementary 86,855

Keenes Crossing Elementary 67,601

East River High 167,749

Lake Nona Middle 110,896

Wetherbee Elementary 59,461

Lake Nona High 162,529

Timber Lakes Elementary 70,925

Eccleston Elementary 38,728

Richmond Heights Elementary 26,590



Harmony Community School 74,584

Narcoossee Middle School 97,079

Narcoossee Elementary 68,434

Osceola High School 194,017

St. Cloud Elementary School 85,923

St. Cloud High School 175,960

Michigan Avenue Elementary School 56,674

Koa Elementary 80,508

Reedy Creek Elementary School 71,167

Westside K-8 126,810

Hickory Tree Elementary School 56,336

Gateway High School 209,076

Mill Creek Elementary School 80,894

Celebration School 123,065

Pleasant Hill Elementary School 87,310

Deerwood Elementary School 65,138

New Dimensions High School 33,819

Professional & Technical High 64,757

Four Corners Charter School 99,119

Partin Settlement Elementary School 76,286

Osceola County School Of Arts 77,281

Harmony High School 173,360

Neptune Elementary School 82,291

Sunrise Elementary School 76,221

East Lake Elementary School 80,135



Bear Lake Elementary School 97,474

English Estates Elementary School 68,767

Geneva Elementary School 49,272

Evans Elementary School 80,080

Layer Elementary School 52,917

Lawton Elementary School 77,934

Sanford Middle School 142,505

Walker Elementary School 72,735

Seminole High School 301,552

Millennium Middle School 158,605

South Seminole Middle School 112,883

Casselberry Elementary School 65,520

Wilson Elementary School 86,151

Crooms Academy Of Information Technology 54,161

Goldsboro Elementary Magnet 60,142

Hopper Center 4,385

Jackson Heights Middle School 110,036

Highlands Elementary School 53,674

Rainbow Elementary School 72,088

Oviedo High School 204,111

Carillon Elementary School 55,072

Teague Middle School 128,164

Red Bug Elementary School 83,176

Eastbrook Elementary School 70,381

Tuskawilla Middle School 100,755

Lake Howell High School 205,526

Altamonte Elementary School 79,019

Sabal Point Elementary School 72,419

Woodlands Elementary School 74,180

Lake Orienta Elementary School 58,702

Sterling Park Elementary School 68,885

Rock Lake Middle School 85,895

Wekiva Elementary School 64,505

Keeth Elementary School 56,273

Greenwood Lakes Middle School 86,846

Stenstrom Elementary School 60,124

Heathrow Elementary School 84,215

Partin Elementary School 70,219

Indian Trails Middle School 101,391

Chiles Middle School 119,624

Markham Woods Middle School 93,406

Bentley Elementary School 93,253

Crystal Lake Elementary School 72,284

Hagerty High School 217,812

Choices In Learning Charter 58,445



Bushnell Elementary School 66,546

South Sumter Middle School 77,429

Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School 45,487

Villages Charter School 209,192


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