Q: Do you have any public meetings planned?
A: On Thursday, Feb. 13 I will host a Chat with the Superintendent at Loretto Elementary School from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. I invite everyone to attend and hear from Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene about the latest from the Duval County Public Schools.
Q: Can you comment on the graduation rates for 2018 – 2019 which were recently released by the Florida Department of Education?
A: Duval County Public Schools has had another record-breaking increase in our graduation rate. Our graduation rate now exceeds Miami-Dade. Congratulations on the hard work that has been done by our principals, teachers and students to reach this new all-time high of 86.5 percent. Atlantic Coast High School increased its graduation rate by 2 percent and its graduation rate now stands at 95 percent. Mandarin High School’s graduation rate remains strong at 94.5 percent.
Q: Do you have anything else to share with District 7?
A: I would like to congratulate Raines High School language arts teacher Leena Hall-Young, Duval County’s Teacher of the Year. Jacksonville Public Education Fund hosted the annual event — the Eddy Awards — in which she was honored on Jan. 17.
I would also like to recognize the District 7 schools’ Teachers of the Year:
Atlantic Coast: Kimberly Curran
Bartram Springs: Michelle Goethe
Crown Point: Deborah Bickle
Enterprise: Angela Cox
Greenland Pines: Lynn Linton
Loretto: Katie Ganas
Mandarin High: Victoria Schrimsher
Mandarin Middle: Matthew Calimano
Mandarin Oaks: Nicole Ashby
Twin Lakes Elementary: Lani Freeman
Twin Lakes Middle: Ariel Branch
Q: How can our readers contact you?
A: They can email me at HersheyL@duvalschools.org or call me at (904) 316-3609.