Favorable Conditions for the District at Education Forecast 2017

March 2017

Hundreds of business leaders, community members, teachers and other educational professionals came together for an update on the District’s Strategic Plan from Superintendent Robert M. Avossa, Ed.D. at Education Forecast 2017 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Thursday.

Hundreds of business leaders, community members, teachers and other educational professionals came together for an update on the District’s Strategic Plan from Superintendent Robert M. Avossa, Ed.D. at Education Forecast 2017 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Thursday.

From closing the achievement gap among students to ensuring students are ready for college or careers after high school, Dr. Avossa highlighted the progress made – and the work still to be done – in the first year of the School District of Palm Beach County’s Strategic Plan during his annual “State of our Schools” presentation.

“People will say, why do you care about post-graduate success, your job is pre-K through 12,” Dr. Avossa said during his keynote address. “Well the reality is, we win and lose as a community if our kids aren’t engaged and doing well.”

The Education Forecast is an annual event hosted by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, and was one of the first venues where Dr. Avossa rolled out the Strategic Plan to business leaders and the community.

Dr. Avossa’s first year as Superintendent was marked with significant progress, including the District earning the highest graduation rate of Florida’s large, urban school districts for the 2015-2016 school year, and 21 District elementary schools previously rated as D or F by the Florida Department of Education raising their grade to a C or higher.

“Twenty-one. It’s a big number – the number of schools that were rated D and F that improved their grade to C or better,” Dr. Avossa said. “This is a major accomplishment. I am so proud of the teachers, principals and students at those schools.”

In addition to highlighting progress on the District’s Strategic Plan, Education Forecast 2017 honored two community leaders for their outstanding contributions to Palm Beach County’s public schools. Bill Bone, partner at Larmoyeux & Bone and a graduate of Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. Eric M. Kelly, president of the Quantum Foundation, received the Outstanding Community Leadership Award for his commitment to helping students connect to future careers in health and medicine.

The Education Foundation will also host The Glades Education Forecast 2017 on Tuesday, April 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade. More information about The Glades Education Forecast is available under the “Events” section at www.educationfoundationpbc.org.

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is the philanthropic arm of the District, founded in 1984 to provide innovative programs that promote academic achievement and excellence in Palm Beach County’s public schools. The Education Forecast 2017 is the Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser, which allows them to continue to support innovation in public education. 

 

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