Osceola School District Receives
$1.43 Million To Support Its 21st Century Community Learning Centers
OSCEOLA COUNTY - The Florida Department of Education has awarded the Osceola School District $1.43 million in 2015-2016 federal funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). The total includes continuation grants for ten existing programs that provide opportunities for academic enrichment to help students, particularly those in high-poverty areas, meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects. The program's purpose is to provide safe environments during out-of-school hours for students, as they participate in a broad array of academic and personal enrichment opportunities and other activities that complement the regular academic curriculum. The centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development including: tutoring and mentoring; academic enrichment, such as homework assistance and project-based learning; character education; physical education/recreational activities; and dropout prevention. The program also engages adult family members through literacy and educational development opportunities.
Osceola’s SPIRIT (Students Participating In Recreation and Instruction Together) Program currently operates in 10 participating schools. The 21st CCLCs are located at the following sites:
Denn John Middle, Discovery Intermediate, Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies, Parkway Middle, Boggy Creek Elementary, Central Avenue Elementary, Koa Elementary, Michigan Avenue Elementary, Narcoossee Elementary, and Narcoossee Middle. Michael Allen, Assistant Superintendent for Middle School Curriculum and Instruction, will lead a highly-qualified staff to provide effective before- and after-school programming. Additional program details are available on the website at:
OCPS Set To Open Three New K-8 Schools
In Downtown Area
ORANGE COUNTY - With three new K-8 schools set to open in the Downtown Orlando area between 2017 and 2018, the district has unveiled a set of proposed maps showing possible zoning options.
Orange County Public Schools opens K-8 schools under several scenarios: to address temporary growth, address geographically isolated areas or to offer a full range of academic offerings when area schools have become too small.
“We are excited to be building more of these neighborhood schools so more families can experience the benefits of a K-8 education,” said Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette. “Strong public schools in our urban core are an important part of urban revitalization, and our new state-of-the-art facilities will contribute to continued growth and prosperity.”
In the Parramore neighborhood, a school is planned that will offer free preschool and college scholarships to students through a partnership with hotelier Harris Rosen. That school is set to open in 2017 along with a kindergarten to eighth-grade school in Audubon Park. A third K-8 school for the Lake Como/Kaley area is set to open in 2018.
The community meeting Monday night, as well as meetings Thursday, Sept. 24, and Monday, October 12, at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, are part of a process to gather community input on the zoning changes before the School Board discusses the proposals at an Oct. 20 workshop. A final vote would come in December, at the earliest.
The changes would end the busing of children from the Parramore neighborhood to eight different elementary schools, which was formerly required under a federal desegregation order. It will also turn Hillcrest Elementary, home to a district Foreign Language Magnet program, and Howard Middle, home to the Howard Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet, into zoneless magnet programs. Current students in the school zones would be able to remain at the schools. Currently, 61 percent of Hillcrest’s and 36 percent of Howard’s students are in the magnet programs.
The Orlando Times