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    Finalists Named For Osceola School District's "Teacher of the Year" and "School-Related Employee of the Year"
    01/20/2017
    The field of nominees for both the Osceola School District's top employee awards -- "Teacher of the Year" and "School-Related Employee of the Year" -- has been narrowed down to the top ten finalists in each category. Each finalist was surprised at their work location by Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace to announce their finalist standing.
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    District Offers Over $1 Million in Salaries and Benefits To Teamster Employees To Reach Tentative Agreement On 2016/2017 Contract
    01/19/2017
    Strongly believing in the need to reward employees for their hard work despite very limited resources and funding shortfalls, the Osceola County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace offered an estimated value of over $1 million in salaries and benefits to employees under the Teamsters Local 385 contract during current negotiations. The Teamsters’ Bargaining team has agreed to the proposal, in which the Board provides these employees with numerous wage and benefit incentives.
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    Future Teachers Academy
    01/19/2017
    The Valencia College Foundation has received a $125,000 contribution from CFE Federal Credit Union to fund a project called the “Future Teachers Academy.” The gift was announced Tuesday at the Osceola County School Board meeting in Kissimmee. The college will use CFE’s donation to award scholarships to students in the Future Teachers Academy, starting with the fall 2017 class.
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    Linking Day
    01/18/2017
    On January 18, we are encouraging all high school students to link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts and send their 2016 PSAT/NMSQT results to Khan Academy. As part of this push, the College Board will donate laptops to libraries in the top three school districts, as well as the school with the most linkage on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
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    New Administrative Appointment (1-17-17)
    01/18/2017
    On January 17, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointment: Mark Lockard, Director of Design and Construction.
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    STEM Breakfast and School Tours For Discovery Intermediate School
    01/13/2017
    Discovery Intermediate School is the first Discovery Education STEMformation middle school in the country, and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) middle school in Osceola County. Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Osceola County and Polk County parents/guardians with children in grade 5 (incoming 6th grade) have the opportunity to complete an application for their children to attend Discovery instead of their home-zoned school.
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    Scholarship Workshops Offered
    01/09/2017
    The Osceola School District and Valencia College will be offering a series of workshops throughout January to help students and parents locate scholarships and apply to college. High school seniors and their families, as well as high school graduates, are invited to attend to get help with scholarship essays and applications; to learn about financial aid and get assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and even to apply on-site to Valencia College with the $35 application fee waived.
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    Incoming Ninth Grade Student Orientation Nights
    01/06/2017
    Any time a student transitions from one school to the next, it can be an exciting time for the child and parent alike. Usually, there are plenty of questions and fears of the unknown. In order to help students and parents become familiar with their new schools for next year, the Osceola School District will be hosting the following Ninth Grade Student Orientation Nights for current eighth grade students and their parents.
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    STEM Showcase Night - Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering
    01/03/2017
    Osceola County parents/guardians with children in grades K-5 have the opportunity to choose Chestnut for their children to attend instead of their home-zoned school for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested parents and students are encouraged to attend the school's annual STEM Showcase and Recruitment Night on Thursday, January 12, from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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    Osceola's Graduation Rate Increases And Continues To Be Better Than State Average
    12/16/2016
    The Florida Department of Education's release of the 2016 graduation rates shows that on average more Osceola students are staying in school and graduating compared to their peers across the state.
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    Community Sales Tax Update for December 2016
    12/16/2016
    The Osceola School District’s Facilities and Maintenance Departments are putting sales tax funds to work already to improve our schools with a number of current projects. To view current projects, click "Read More."
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    New Administrative Appointments (12-13-16)
    12/14/2016
    On December 13, the Osceola County School Board approved the following administrative appointments: Dr. Laura Rhinehart, Assistant Superintendent of High School Curriculum, Adah Michelle Perez Schwartz, Assistant Principal at Kissimmee Elementary, Deanna Hebbler, Assistant Principal at Discovery Intermediate, and Susan Petrek, Assistant Principal at Celebration K-8.
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    Financial Recognition Given To Osceola County School Board For District's Fiscal Responsibility
    12/13/2016
    Fitch Ratings has completed a review of The School District of Osceola County’s outstanding sales tax bonds, resulting in an upgrade from ‘A’ to ‘AA-‘. The District’s issuer default rating was also confirmed at ‘AA-‘. These bond ratings reflect the district’s strong financial position, and the upgrade represents lower perceived risk for district investors. Higher bond ratings translate into a lower cost of borrowing funds for the district.
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    School Board Offers $3 Million In Salaries And Benefits To Teachers
    12/09/2016
    The Osceola County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace recognize Osceola teachers for their time and talents in inspiring students each and every day. Therefore, the district has made an offer to the district's instructional personnel valued at $3 million in salaries and benefits.
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    Principal Burdette Named As Finalist For Innovative Principal of the Year
    12/08/2016
    Stacy Burdette, Principal of East Lake Elementary School, has been selected as one of three finalists in the state of Florida to receive the 2016-2017 Innovative Principal of the Year Award, presented by the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders.
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SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE


Dr. Debra P. Pace

As education is at the heart of our thriving community, the Osceola School District is focused on a clear mission to provide the highest quality of education to our children. We do that by creating a strategic plan with the School Board that aligns the district’s dollars, staff time, and resources to what best supports the highest of expectations for our students. Parents have every right to expect that outstanding instruction is taking place in every classroom every day, and all of our community residents, businesses, and organizations can be assured that they are welcome to become engaged with our schools. As we continue to build on our collective strengths and grow where we have opportunities, the focus will always remain on supporting our students so that they soar higher than they ever thought possible.

Debra Pace, Superintendent

MESSAGE FROM SCHOOL BOARD


School Board

As a School Board, we are proud that the Osceola County School District is a formidable economic engine in the Central Florida area. Osceola’s future economic growth and increased prosperity are assured with the new Medical City on its northern border, Walt Disney World and other attractions to the west, a new Valencia College campus coming to Poinciana, and the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Center, a new high-tech manufacturing facility, in the heart of the county. Strong community involvement, collaboration, and support for public education exist throughout the county. Despite rapid growth, Osceola has been able to preserve its rural heritage, a trait desired by so many other communities. Without a doubt, the Osceola County School District is poised to continually build on past successes and to realize educational possibilities that reflect the highest of expectations for all students.

Osceola County School Board Members

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