DBS 75th Anniversary

Friday, July 22, is the last day the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) will accept public input on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). All members of the public are invited to submit comments on each component of the law. FDOE officials will consider this feedback as they develop Florida’s draft state plan. To access the public input form, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/academics/essa.stml.

For ease, the feedback form has been divided into specific sections named in the law (#1-#7), each title in the law (#8) and U.S. Department of Education draft regulations (#9) as shown in the list below. You are welcome to provide input on as many of these as you would like, but you are not required to respond to all. Likewise, it is not mandatory to answer every question on a specific topic.

  1. Challenging State Academic Standards
  2. Academic Assessments
  3. State Assessment Grants
  4. Statewide Accountability System
  5. School Improvement
  6. School Support and Improvement Activities
  7. Direct Student Services
  8. General Comments by Title of the Act (Titles I-VIII)
  9. U.S. DOE Draft Regulations on Accountability, State Plans and Data Reporting

As the process continues there will be additional opportunities for stakeholders to offer suggestions. Once FDOE develops Florida’s draft state plan, all of our state’s education stakeholders will be asked again to provide feedback before the state plan is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.


TAVARES – The bell schedule has been revised at Beverly Shores Elementary, Leesburg Elementary and Groveland Elementary schools for the 2016-17 school year giving students slightly longer days as they work to strengthen their academic performance.

The three are among 34 Central Florida public schools on the state’s list of the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools based on the percentage of students who passed the Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts (ELA) exam. The ranking is not directly related to the preliminary school grades recently announced by the Florida Department of Education. Those statistics show Beverly Shores earned a C, up from a D last year; Leesburg earned a D, up from an F last year; and Groveland earned a C, the same as last year.

All schools on the list are required to provide an additional hour of instructional time to focus on reading.

Typically, schools have a 90 minute English Language Arts/Reading block that includes literacy. In addition to that 90-minute block, students at Beverly Shores, Leesburg and Groveland will also have a 60-minute literacy block. Because Leesburg and Beverly Shores elementary schools had been categorized as Differentiated Accountability (DA) schools – part of a statewide network of strategic support provided to schools and districts, differentiated by need — they already had a literacy block. The literacy block will be new to Groveland. 

School hours for Beverly Shores Elementary and Leesburg Elementary will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. One-hour early release will continue on Wednesdays with school hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

School hours for Groveland Elementary will be 8:20 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. One-hour early release will continue on Wednesdays with school hours of 8:20 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.

School hours for all other Lake County elementary schools will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. One-hour early release will continue on Wednesdays with school hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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Risk Manager Lauren DeRidder was recently presented with the annual FERMA Risk Management Program Best Practices Award for recognition of excellent risk management practices. This distinction, presented by the Florida Educational Risk Management Association (FERMA), is based primarily on having the lowest workers’ compensation experience rating in the state. The experience modification rate is an industry measure of the number and amount of worker’s compensation claims.

Lake County Schools’ experience modification rate dropped from a 1.19 to 0.65. A modification rate of 1.0 is average and anything above that results in a surcharge of premiums and state assessments. Anything below 1.0 results in a credit.

An additional award will be presented to the district at the Florida School Boards Association’s Annual Joint Conference to be held in Tampa in November.

Congratulations to Ms. DeRidder and her team!

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Macy’s presented the Magic of Teaching Award to Andrea Vineyard, a special education teacher at Tavares High School, on Thursday July 14, 2016, during the Macy’s Florida State Teacher of the Year Banquet held at The Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Ms. Vineyard was named Lake County’s teacher of the year in 2016.
Macy’s has created a very special way to recognize Florida’s top educators that provides them with tangible rewards and memories to last a lifetime. Each District Teacher of the Year receives a cash award of $750, and $250 for their respective schools, funded by Macy’s. Also, Macy’s will surprise three District Teachers of the Year with a $1,000 Macy’s gift card and these special awards: the Magic of Leadership award for a teacher who leads by example; the Magic of Teaching award for a teacher who goes beyond the basic job description to continue positive growth in her students; and the Magic of Giving award to a teacher with a unique ability to create positive change in the community.


MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Unit FL-951 at Mount Dora High School has been selected as one of 47 units to receive the 2015-2016 “Silver Star” Community Service with Excellence Award for the second year in a row.

This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed above normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. Of the 892 AFJROTC units worldwide, only the top 5% earn this award each year. The award is the highest unit level award an AFJROTC unit can win. Only four units in the state of Florida won this award. Mount Dora High School was the only one to win in Lake County. Its unit of 107 cadets generated almost 5,000 community service hours in the 2015-16 academic year!

The objectives of the JROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. Enrollment is open to all young people who are in the 9th grade or higher and are citizens of the United States.

Air Force JROTC is located in 892 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, and in the Pacific, and in Puerto Rico. JROTC enrollment includes more than 120,000 cadets.


Eustis Heights Elementary School (EHES) would like to proudly announce that The Elks Lodge #1578 awarded our school with the Elk’s 2016 Gratitude Grant. The grant purchased $2,000.00 worth of books for students to be active readers this summer during our Tiger Tutoring summer program.

The Elks have graciously partnered with EHES in providing weekly reading with Mr. Gabe and Daisy, a therapy dog, who loves to hear students read.  Elk members have also dedicated time to serve as mentors to our students. EHES would like to sincerely thank The Elks Lodge #1578 for their continued support and generosity as our community partner.



Superintendent Susan Moxley, Ed.D., recently suggested the Lake County School Board begin discussions about the search for the district’s next leader. Dr. Moxley’s contract expires in June 2017. A committee has been formed and a consulting company has been identified to help lead the search. Both are interested in hearing from the public.

Parents, students, district employees, business leaders and all residents of Lake County are invited to complete a survey identifying the characteristics you value most in the selection of a candidate for the role of district superintendent.  Click the links below to access the survey:

Community English Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8M9MSBT

Community Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8XFVC7F


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