July 2023 - Debbie Jordan

July 2023 - Debbie Jordan
Posted on 07/06/2023
July 2023 - Debbie Jordan

As we closed out the 2022-2023 school year, there was so much to be thankful for. We celebrated the graduating class of 2023 who earned millions of dollars in scholarships. Many have plans to attend colleges and universities, or join the work force or military. Not only our seniors, but our entire student population worked hard to succeed during this past school year.

Our students and staff persevered despite the struggles that resulted from Hurricane Ian. Nearly 10 months later, recovery continues. While most of our students are back at their home schools, Hector Cafferata Elementary is still working out of portable on Cape Coral Tech property until a new campus is built. Fort Myers Beach Elementary students and staff will remain at San Carlos park until their campus renovations are completed this November.

Through the tragedy and recovery, we witnessed community members reaching out to one another extending a helping hand during the most trying of times. For the School District of Lee County, the education and safety of our students remains the top priority as we continue our own recovery and plan for the upcoming school year. Our team at the District continues to work hard for all of our students and families and have learned to be flexible and adapt to the ever-changing world we live in. I thank each and every one of our employees, from our food service workers, to bus drivers, teachers, support staff, and administrators. They each play an important role in the success of our students.

The education work continues throughout the summer. Right now, we have thousands of students involved in District sponsored summer school, camps, and programs. We offer a wide variety of educational opportunities in science, reading and math to encourage our students to stay active during the summer. We also have a number of high schoolers currently participating in the Support our Students (SOS) program, which offers them exceptional learning opportunities, cultural arts, career enrichment activities, and work experience. In addition, we continue to offer the Summer Break Spot program that offers free meals to anyone 18 years old and younger.

As the upcoming school year approaches, make sure to seek opportunities to engage with your child’s school staff and programs. This is a great way to stay informed as well as support the education of your child. The first day of school on August 10th will be here before you know it. Enjoy the rest of your summer break.

Debbie Jordan
School Board Member, District 4

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