The Marion County School Board elected Angie Boynton and Carol Ely as its chair and vice-chair, respectively, for the next year. The Board held its annual reorganizational meeting this morning following the oaths of office for three members.
Boynton took the oath of office for her second full term on the Board. She represents District 4 and originally joined the Board in 2010. Voters re-elected her earlier this month to a term expiring in 2018.
As board chair, Boynton will lead twice-monthly school board meetings and year-round work sessions and serve on various leadership boards throughout the community.
Representing District 2, Ely joined the Board in 2012 after winning her first race in politics. She will preside over Board meetings and work sessions when Boynton is unable to do so.
Other members of the Marion County School Board include Nancy Stacy (District 1), Bobby James (District 3) who took his oath of office this morning for his second full term, and newcomer Kelly King (District 5), who won her seat in August and took the oath this morning for the first time.
By unanimous vote, board members also approved the same meeting schedule as in years past – holding board meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly at 5:30PM at 512 SE Third Street in Ocala. As well, starting in January 2015, the Board is reinstating public comment into the televised portion of each meeting just prior to the business portion of the regular agenda section.
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 1/1/2013: 6,222,810
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
An Equal Opportunity School District
512 SE 3 Street, Ocala, Florida 34471 USA