A MESSAGE FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT - 2019-20
We have so much to be proud of here in Lake County Schools. We are part of a community that cares about and supports its children. With dedicated teachers, staff and administrators coupled with strong parent engagement and the support of community businesses and organizations, our students have every opportunity to excel.
There are many things to celebrate in our district. For the third consecutive year, our district has earned a “B” grade from the state. We earned 643 total points in 2018-19. That’s 12 points higher than the 631 points we earned the year before, bringing us ever closer to an “A.” Additionally, 10 of our schools earned an “A,” up from eight the prior year. With the help of $866,000 in state funding and partnerships with several local businesses, we have revitalized the Leesburg High School Construction Academy, where students are preparing for lucrative careers and/or higher education. Because of this renewed emphasis, we were named a “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine this year. The Teaching Academy at Tavares High School is also thriving thanks to our partnership with the University of Central Florida, and the groundwork has begun on a Finance Academy at Lake Minneola High School in partnership with Insight Credit Union, scheduled to open in August 2020.
We are excited to open an alternative school, Lake Success Academy, in Howey-in-the-Hills in August and break ground this fall on a new school in south Lake to serve students in kindergarten through Grade 8. We launched a digital classroom initiative and, so far, four high schools now provide each student with his or her own computer to enhance learning and equip them with the digital literacy skills they will need beyond high school. This school year, computer distribution to every high school will be completed and we anticipate expanding the program into every middle school next.
We are continuing to focus our efforts on developing a common vision for instruction. This will help us become the destination district we all envision – a place where the graduation rate eventually reaches and exceeds 90 percent, where every school earns an A or B, where we continue supporting teacher recruitment and retention efforts, where we improve promotion rates and performance of all students to meet state standards, and where all students are given opportunities to graduate with advanced credits and industry certifications.
We are fortunate to have the best educators working hard to help us reach our goals.
We will stay connected with you every step of the way, keeping you informed through social media, phone calls, school web sites and the parent portal. We hope you will get involved and communicate with us often. Together, we can help our students reach new heights!
Diane Kornegay, M.Ed.