SCHOOL BOARD NAMES MEMBERS OF NEW OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
February 19, 2015 MARION COUNTY
In random order this morning, the Marion County School Board named 10 members and five alternates to a new committee charged with overseeing how dollars generated by a new property tax are spent.
One by one, school board members named these individuals from a pool of 75 Marion County residents who submitted their own letters of interest and resumes:
Rev. Dr. Jerone Gamble
Alternate members include:
Once officially approved at the March 10 school board meeting, this committee will meet on a yet-to-be determined schedule to review expenditures from a property tax approved by Marion County voters last November. The additional mill is expected to generate $15 million each year for four years – an estimated total of $60 million.
The oversight committee will operate in the Sunshine, meaning all committee meetings, minutes, and records are open to the public.
National Spotlight on West Port
West Port Principal Jayne Ellspermann is not only Florida’s Principal of the Year – she is the National Principal of the Year! She beat out 21,000 other principals for the prestigious title. West Port students and staff, along with district representatives, surprised Ellspermann with the announcement last month. She even received congratulations from US Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan in a surprise phone call during the ceremony. Ellspermann is also this year’s Florida Literacy Leader of the Year, an honor handed out by Just Read, Florida! and Florida’s Department of Education.
Stranger Danger on the Road
Dozens of youngsters and their parents travelled together with each other for the annual Walk Your Child to School event at Belleview Elementary. Law enforcement set up a “safe” walk zone that included dangers students might encounter – things like drug dealers, child predators, and innocent situations that turn dangerous. Students completing the walk also received goodie bags with reminders to stay safe during their trips to and from school.
Eighth Street @ 100 Years
Talk about a major milestone! Eighth Street Elementary is the oldest, continuous-running school building in all of Florida. Current students, parents, teachers, and alumni celebrated the Centennial Mark in grand style. Students even researched the archives, interviewed early graduates, and learned what life was like “back in the old days.” Today, the restored school is home to nearly 350 students near Downtown Ocala.
Total visits since 1/1/2015: 2,321,791
Total visits in 2014: 6,886,178
Total visits in 2013: 11,615,641
Total visits in 2012: 11,799,753
Total visits in 2011: 9,268,306
Total visits in 2010: 8,620,826
Total visits in 2009: 4,851,153
Total visits in 2008: 3,104,170
Marion County Public Schools
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