District Wins Florida Sterling Storyboard Competition

District Wins Florida Sterling Storyboard Competition
Posted on 07/09/2019
District Wins Florida Sterling Storyboard Competition

The School District of Lee County’s focus on continuous improvement and professional development recently led to an award from the Florida Sterling Council. The District won the Florida Sterling Council’s Storyboard Showcase Competition at the Council’s annual conference in Orlando.

“Working with both the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt process and learning about the Sterling Criteria has truly improved not only school efficiency but also improved school culture and made strives to improve academic achievement,” Team Leader Jennifer Lusk says. “I am incredibly grateful for being provided the opportunity to participate and cherish the friendships created in our team. Everyone’s strengths shone through and the collaboration made the process that much more rewarding.”

Lusk, Assistant Principal at Lehigh Elementary School and team members Cheryl Dooley, a Lead Teacher at Spring Creek Elementary, and Jeanette Walsh, a Peer Collaborative Teacher at Manatee Elementary, focused on decreasing instructional absenteeism in an elementary school. Their project, Absent Minded, implemented training and other interventions that resulted in decreasing instructional absences by over 3,400 hours. Total cost savings to the District was more than $42,000.

The Florida Sterling Council was formed in 1992 as a not-for-profit, public/private partnership supported by the Office of the Governor (and public and private businesses). The Sterling Performance Excellence Criteria is used to examine organizations from a systems perspective. The Criteria holds organizations to exceptionally high standards, saving them, as well as the state, millions of dollars annually.

Lean Six Sigma is a disciplined, statistical-based, data-driven approach and continuous improvement methodology for eliminating waste and variation in a product, process or service. A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is a professional who is well versed in the core to advanced elements of Lean Six Sigma Methodology, who leads improvement projects and / or serves as a team member as a part of more complex improvement projects.