School Recognition Awards by the FLDOE

School Recognition Awards by the FLDOE
Posted on 10/18/2022
School Recognition Awards by the FLDOE

The School District of Lee County is proud to announce that 18 schools have been awarded School Recognition Awards by the Florida Department of Education. The 18 schools will receive more than $2.8 million in additional funding for demonstrating sustained or significantly improved student performance.

To be eligible for a School Recognition Award, schools must receive a school grade of “A” or improve at least one letter grade from the prior year. Schools must use their awards for one or any combination of the following:

  • Bonuses to the faculty and staff;
  • Educational equipment or materials to assist in maintaining and improving student performance; or
  • Temporary personnel for the school to assist in maintaining and improving student performance.

School staff and their School Advisory Committee jointly determine how to distribute the additional funding. The 18 schools receiving awards are:

  • Cape Elementary $131,325
  • Caloosa Elementary $175,729 P
  • Diplomat Elementary $184,167
  • Edgewood Academy $86,938
  • Fort Myers Beach Elementary $15,290
  • Fort Myers High School $336,590
  • Gulf Middle School $152,715
  • Heights Elementary $210,111
  • Littleton Elementary $92,355
  • North Fort Myers HS $322,009
  • Pine Island Elementary $41,361
  • Pinewoods Elementary $202,701
  • Pelican Elementary $168,064
  • Rayma C. Page Elementary $155.652
  • The Sanibel School $47,297
  • Three Oaks Elementary $185,799
  • Skyline Elementary $179,703
  • Trafalgar Middle School $182,394

“These awards can be used to give our hard-working teachers bonuses, and are particularly important in Southwest Florida where they will go a long way toward helping our teachers in the area get back on their feet,” said Governor Ron DeSantis when announcing the awards. Nine charter schools are also receiving School Recognition Awards and nearly $800,000 in additional funding.

Funds for the Florida School Recognition Program are awarded by the Commissioner of Education in the amount of up to $100 per Full Time Equivalent student for each qualifying school. If there is no agreement how to allocate the awards by February 1, 2023 the awards must be equally distributed to all classroom teachers currently teaching in the school.