Paul Scammacca

District 4 School Board

 

 LET'S RAISE THE BAR IN BAKER COUNTY

 

 

    

 District  School Grade:  2013  C                         

                                          2012  C  

                                                                    

Education:  Master of Public Administration  M.P.A.  University of North Florida

                    B.A. in Education  University of Florida                                

                

Experience:  2008- Current  Classroom Teacher  Duval County  ( Leadership Team / Co-Testing Coordinator /Site Coach )                

                      2006-2008  Classroom Teacher  Baker County        

                      2000-2006  Florida Department of Corrections ( Education Supervisor / Classification Officer )                   

                      1997-2000  Classroom Teacher  Duval County   

                      1994-1997  Classroom Teacher  Alachua County  

                      

Teacher Certification Areas:  Educational Leadership K-12

                                                  Pre-Kindergarten/Primary (age 3 through grade 3)

                                                  Emotionally Handicapped K-12   

 

University awards:  Presidential Award for achievement and contributions, University of Florida

                                  Golden Key International Academic Honor Society  

 

 

Areas of Concern

-Baker County teacher salaries currently rank 42nd out of 67 counties in Florida. We need to address teacher, para-professional, custodial, secretarial, maintenance and food service salaries ( we need to invest in our human resources across the board including salary and benefits ). Moreover, many employees were affected by the 3% mandatory retirement contribution a few years ago, its time to compensate for this adjustment by re-investing in the professionals who serve our children and community. 

-Baker County had a decline in student enrollment last year. We need to work with local government agencies to attract new businesses while strategically addressing growth.

- District Grade previous 2 years: C

- Technology and Vocational Programming

 

 Vision

 

 To be an ‘A-rated’ school district whose graduates are college and career ready.

 

 Budget & Finance:

 

 Achieve financial stability through efficiencies, maximizing revenues through grant applications, all the while using benchmarks to measure outcomes.

 

Teaching & Learning:

 

‐Provide opportunities for professional growth through varied educational leadership

opportunities.  

‐Provide individualized professional development to meet teacher’s needs.

‐Provide current and relevant professional development for all teachers to support district initiatives.

‐Provide assistance and support to newly hired teachers. 

‐Provide compensation to teachers who perform professional duties in addition to

their regular classroom assignments.

‐Provide compensation to experienced teachers who mentor newly hired teachers. 

- Provide competitive salaries and benefit packages to all employees. 

- Provide opportunities for professional growth through varied educational leadership opportunities. 

‐Provide technology training for school personnel who will assist students with software/hardware updates.

‐Technology needs will be assessed at each school site, and technology additions/upgrades will be matched to student need.

‐Technology additions to the classroom will be strategically placed to ensure optimum performance in the learning environment.

‐Progress monitor students in grades K‐12 to ensure student success.

‐Identify low performing and underperforming students and design instructional strategies and services to meet their needs.

‐Maintain instructional coaches. 

- Continue to integrate technology into all classrooms.

- Support district‐wide emphasis on a standards driven curriculum that ensures every student is performing at or above grade level.

 ‐Provide updates of hardware and software at each school site.

‐Maintain a technology assistant for each school site.

‐Monitor teaching strategies in order to ensure that best practices are being used correctly in the classroom.

‐Use various instructional delivery models relevant to learning needs.

‐Provide a school calendar and schedule that best meets student needs and enhances academic growth and achievement.

 

 Career Development:

 

 -Elementary teachers will integrate at least one career development activity each year into the grade level curriculum. 

‐Provide informational presentations to parents and students on high school career and technical programs by the end of the 5th grade. 

‐Incorporate Career Focus activities for all middle school students through career research, career interest inventories, student presentations on

career and technical programs and guest speakers.

‐Middle school guidance counselors and teachers will plan and implement career development activities for each grade level.

‐ By the completion of 8th grade, students will be able to make an informed decision about choosing a Career and Technical Program of Study in

high school.

- By the end of 8th grade, middle school students will have foundational technology skills sufficient for transition into high school.

 ‐Continue involvement of business partners in the development and implementation of Career and Technical Education Programs.Continue articulation agreements and dual enrollment opportunities with postsecondary institutions.

‐Reemphasize communication skills and the qualities of honesty, integrity and leadership in the Career and Technical Education Programs.

‐Identify potential career areas that meet the high wage/high demand criteria with significant local and regional job placement opportunities. 

-Ensure students will exit the career technical programs with an industry certification. 

‐High School Guidance Counselor will provide ongoing support and information to students regarding career development opportunities.

‐Implement consistent public relations strategies to communicate information to parents and community about guidance services and career development activities.

‐The annual school registration process will encourage parent participation in their student’s program of study through communication of test scores, academic and career assessment information, and input into the scheduling process.

‐Encourage all students to complete a Career and Technical Education Program of Study in high school.

- All students will develop a career plan to assist in guiding them toward their postsecondary goals.

 

 Safety and Discipline:

 

‐Positive Behavior Support (PBS) expectations will be presented to students on a regular basis.

‐Provide students will information in multifaceted methods (assemblies, student handbooks, brochures, etc.).

‐Provide parents with information concerning all available programs and school policies using newspaper, website, phone home system,

newsletter, social media and open house programs. 

‐Use of drug dogs. 

‐Increase the use of video cameras (buildings and bus).

‐SRO will be visible around campus and establish a positive rapport with students.

‐Advertise the accessibility of hot line for student use (anonymous reporting for all types of reporting crime, truancy, bullying, and cyber bullying). 

- Provide a drug free and violence free campus. 

‐SRO will provide drug and violence awareness programs (K‐12). 

‐Guidance Counselor will facilitate character education (K‐12)

‐Guidance Counselors will facilitate social skills education (k‐12) 

‐The school principal or designee is in charge of the school’s crisis intervention (safety) plan.

‐Conducts regularly scheduled emergency related drills and identify critical team members.

‐Provide all personnel with student code of conduct.

‐Review and make available student handbook to parents, students, staff and local stakeholders.

‐Have the school principal or designee be in charge of the discipline and safety plans and maintain records to ensure accountability.

‐Be sure all plans are reviewed and updated prior to the start of a new school year. 

- Provide a written safety plan for emergencies on campus.

- Provide a consistent and uniform discipline plan. 

‐Have a simple evacuation plan for all types of emergencies (violent acts, fires, and natural disasters).

‐Conduct mandatory planned inservice for all school personnel at the beginning of the school year.

‐Ensure that any plan we adopt is in compliance with existing laws, policies, and guidelines (county, state, federal).

 ‐Increase SRO visibility during high traffic times.

‐Ensure all gates are locked and secured.

‐All visitors must check in/check out at the front office with ID and wear a badge.

‐All staff members will wear an ID badge.

‐Building and doors will be locked.

‐Maintain proper speed on campus.

‐Vehicles must have parking decal and park in assigned spot.

‐Maintain supervision and safety at all school sponsored events. 

- Continue safety assessments of all school grounds/environment.

 

 

Please see the following link for Educational Leadership Certification. This exam covers instructional, operational and school leadership criteria which educators are required to pass to serve in administrative roles ( principal, assistant principal, ect. ) . I am also committed to completing both New Board Member Training and Board Member Certification (CBM) in my first term if elected. Please see the link below as well.

 

http://fsba.org/new-board-member-training/

http://fsba.org/certified-board-member-cbm-program/ 

http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/rules/6A-4-0082.asp

 

Golden Key International Honor Society:

www.goldenkey.org

 

Teacher Salaries:

http://www.nea.org/home/54597.htm

 http://feaweb.org/_data/files/2013_Presser_Retirement/FRS_pressconf_handout_3_27_13.pdf

http://www.nctq.org/p/publications/docs/nctq_pension_paper.pdf 

 

Vocational Programming Rural Counties:

 

 http://www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/data-center/statistical-programs/employment-projections

www.nrea.net/

http://files.ruraledu.org/wrm2011-12/Florida.pdf 

 

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]]

 

Excellent read on addressing declining enrollment in rural counties:

http://www.ruraledu.org/user_uploads/file/docs/breaking_the_fall.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

  

  

Paid by Paul Scammacca for School Board