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St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent to Retire at the End of the 2021-2022 School Year

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St. Lucie County - This morning, St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent, E. Wayne Gent, announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year on June 30, 2022. Superintendent Gent has proudly served in public education in the state of Florida for 45 years, with the last eleven years as Superintendent; four years in the School District of Palm Beach County, and seven years in St. Lucie Public Schools.

“I was saddened to hear the news that Wayne Gent was retiring. He has been an incredible Superintendent for SLPS. Under his great leadership, we have accomplished many academic successes. Our graduation rate is at an all-time high and the number of Career and Technical Education Industry Certifications earned by students has skyrocketed 164% over the past 5 years. On behalf of the St. Lucie County School Board, he will be deeply missed, and it will be hard to fill his shoes.” commented School Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills.

School Board Vice Chair Troy Ingersoll added, “Superintendent Gent has done an amazing job leading the School District. Under his leadership, the School District has transformed into an organization that the entire community can be proud of.”

Over the past seven years, St. Lucie Public Schools and Superintendent Gent have been recognized with the following notable achievements:

• Historic Graduation Rate in 2021 of 94.5%
• No Failing Schools
• Districts of Distinction Designation
• Top Tier in the State for Academic Growth
• Cambridge International Education District of the Year
• Awarded St. Lucie County Best Places to Work for Five Consecutive Years
• One of the Top Producers in the State for Industry Certifications
• Successfully Passed a Referendum in 2019
• NCA CASI, NWAC, SACS CASI Accredited
• $12.5M Magnet School Assistant Program Federal Grant Recipient.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Graduation Rate Reaches All-Time High

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St. Lucie County - St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) earned a historic graduation rate of 94.5% which exceeds the state average of 90.1%. The six traditional high schools boasted an unprecedented rate of 98.6% for the 2020-2021 school year. This is the 5th consecutive year that the graduation rate for SLPS is above 90%. SLPS improved its state ranking to 7th in the state out of 67 districts.

Furthermore, SLPS continues to increase the graduation rate for all groups of students as demonstrated by the improvement of Hispanic, Black, White, and Exceptional Education students. The graduation rate for Hispanic students improved from 94% to 95.6%; Black students improved from 92.5% to 94.3%; White students improved from 92.4% to 93.1%, and Exceptional Education students improved their graduation rate from 91.6% to 92.3%. Moreover, all groups continue to rank among the highest in the state.

“A graduation rate of 99% for our traditional high schools represents the highest graduation rate ever achieved in the school district. This is a tremendous accomplishment as our trend continues to increase for all students despite experiencing one of the most challenging years in education. I commend our students, teachers, administrators, and staff. All demographic groups continue to perform at very high levels and our students are graduating from high school prepared to enroll in college or directly enter the workforce due to our strong career and technical programs,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

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Florida High School Athletic Association Names Academic Team Champions for Fall 2021

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On December 9, 2021, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced its Fall Academic Team Champions of the 2021 season. Each Martin County high school earned a top-ten finish in more than one sport. Twelve MCSD teams, including all three football teams, were named among the state's top five academic performers in their respective classes.

The FHSAA Academic Team Champion recognition program honors teamwork not only in competition but also in the classroom. The program recognizes teams in each of the FHSAA’s sanctioned and recognized sports, naming an Academic Team Champion in each classification. To qualify, a school’s individual sports team must have a grade point average of at least a 3.0 on an unweighted 4.0 scale. The teams’ grade point averages are then compared to all other schools in the state with similar enrollment sizes.

"Our student-athletes continued to demonstrate their dedication to excellence by being named among the state's top-performing schools in their respective classes," Superintendent John D. Millay shared. "This remarkable accomplishment is reflective of their commitment to setting themselves apart not only on the court or playing field but in the classroom as well."

Congratulations to the following 2021 Fall Academic Team Champions:

Boys Bowling – Class 1A

#9 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.66

#25 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.393

#36 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.321

Girls Bowling – Class 1A

#3 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.826

#28 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.487

Boys Cross Country – Class 4A

#12 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.649

Boys Cross Country – Class 3A

#6 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.71

#28 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.45

Girls Cross Country – Class 4A

#13 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.772

Girls Cross Country – Class 3A

#16 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.674

#19 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.651

Football – Class 7A

#4 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.199

Football – Class 6A

#3 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.197

Football – Class 5A

#2 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.265

Boys Golf – Class 3A

#3 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.805

#17 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.601

Boys Golf – Class 2A

#33 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.307

Girls Golf – Class 3A

#4 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.828

#15 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.728

Girls Golf – Class 2A

#19 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.594

Boys Swimming – Class 3A

#5 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.648

#9 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.585

Boys Swimming – Class 2A

#5 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.663

Girls Swimming – Class 3A

#2 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.799

#21 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.525

Girls Swimming – Class 2A

#5 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.757

Girls Volleyball – Class 6A

#4 – South Fork High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.766

#8 – Martin County High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.741

Girls Volleyball – Class 5A

#3 – Jensen Beach High School – Cumulative Team GPA: 3.746

School Board Retains New Counsel

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St. Lucie County - The School Board of St. Lucie Public Schools has selected Molly L. Shaddock of Sniffen & Spellman to replace outgoing Attorney Dan Harrell. Mr. Harrell recently retired after providing legal counsel to the School Board for over 34 years.

Ms. Shaddock is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School with extensive experience in the field, acting as General Counsel for the School Board of Hendry County, Staff Attorney for the Martin County School Board, and previously as an Associate General Counsel for the School Board of St. Lucie County.

School Board Chairman, Dr. Donna Mills stated, “On behalf of the SLC School Board, we are so excited to have hired Attorney Molly Shaddock as our next SLC School Board General Counsel. We have worked with her several times in the past as Associate General Counsel. Attorney Shaddock previously worked in the Law Office of Gonano & Harrell as the Associate General Counsel for the St. Lucie County School Board from 2006-2017. She is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in Education Law. In addition, she has extensive experience in representing school boards. We look forward to a continual, long-term professional relationship with Attorney Shaddock as our General Counsel.”

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Indian River State College Collaborates with Adobe to Build Student Brands on Day One

20 Dec IRSC New Resized

Creative Cloud Tools Now Available Freely to All Students, Faculty and Staff

Fort Pierce — Indian River State College (IRSC) has furthered its commitment to advancing digital literacy skills by becoming the first community college in the nation to comprehensively offer Adobe Creative Cloud applications, without cost, to students, faculty, and staff on all IRSC campuses. Beginning in August, students in all disciplines can access Adobe Creative Cloud, providing new opportunities to transform their classroom learning, creatively build personal brands, and gain an edge in the modern, competitive workplace. The College is among a select group of colleges and universities working with Adobe to shape the future of digital literacy within global higher education.

“Students at Indian River State College now have the opportunity to become fully trained on one of the most-used creative platforms in the world while they are still in college,” states IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore. “When an IRSC student completes their studies, they will leave the College with an unmatched education coupled with ready-for-workforce digital literacy skills, little or no debt, and a personal brand conveyed through compelling storytelling—with words, imagery, sound and movement.”

Indian River State College serves a diverse population of approximately 26,000 students each year. Students come from both urban and rural areas, more than one-third are the first in their families to attend college, and 42% are Pell Grant recipients. IRSC is deeply committed to enhancing and growing wrap-around services that are essential for student success. As an Adobe Creative Campus, IRSC can provide all students, regardless of background, with cutting-edge creative tools that enrich their educational experience and give them a competitive workforce advantage.

“Everywhere we look—whether it's entertainment, education, or enterprise—creativity and content are fueling the global economy,” said Mala Sharma, V.P. & G.M. of Creative Cloud Product Marketing & Community at Adobe. “Regardless of the career someone may choose, digital literacy and creative storytelling will continue to not only be necessary but expected. This is why creative skills are of immense importance for the future workforce. As the students at Indian River State College have access to Adobe programs and are taught essential creativity and digital literacy skills, doors will open to a brighter future and prepare them to thrive in a changing world.”

The Adobe Creative Campus supports the transformation of learning and assessment. Faculty can use the tools to help teach creative and persuasive digital communication skills throughout their curricula. IRSC Faculty Developers are already integrating Creative Cloud tools into academic lesson plans and assignments to encourage students to find new ways to present ideas, scholarship and research. IRSC will collaborate with other Adobe Creative Campuses, sharing ideas and innovations to expand digital literacy and help ensure student success.

“A personal brand is the business card of the 21st century,” explains Michael Hageloh, IRSC Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. “From cosmetology to nursing, from business to the sciences, building a personal brand is essential in today’s working world. Pairing Adobe's Creative Campus offering with our existing Microsoft licensing gives IRSC students the ultimate brand-building career toolkit. And, IRSC is the first college anywhere to deploy such a comprehensive toolkit across the entire institution to all programs, students, and employees, with no cost or fees.”

To learn more, visit irsc.edu/creativecampus, or if you are interested in learning more about the Adobe Creative Campus program, visit adobecreativecampus.com.