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. 

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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.

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