District Vision

Student Success!


District Mission

To promote character and competence in a positive learning culture that ensures success and inspires purpose for ALL.



• Collaboration
• Communication
• Integrity

• Leadership
• Excellence
• Safety

Our History

From the beginning, settlers in Southwest Florida recognized a need for education. Young men and women motivated to educate the community's children took on the role of teaching children in town halls and churches. As the community grew, so did our history. The following table outlines the district's growth over the last 127 years.

While you are reading up on our heritage, why not take a look at our future by viewing our 5 Year Work Plan.

  • 1888

    Classes outgrow the community hall and the first building is designated as a school at the corner of Marion & Harvey Streets in Punta Gorda.

  • 1893

    The first school for African Americans is formed. After an organized search, Benjamin Joshua Baker agrees to be its principal and relocates from New Orleans. Mr. Baker retired in 1940 after 49 years of teaching and died in 1942 while a new school for the African American Community (Baker Center) was constructed. The school remained segregated until 1964 when Charlotte County Schools were integrated.

  • 1896

    A larger school is built on Goldstein Street. The school was filled to capacity with an enrollment of 91 males and 87 females.

  • 1907

    Punta Gorda Grammar & High School opens with an enrollment of 150 students. Overcrowding forced construction of a new school on Taylor Street in 1911.

  • 1921

    Charlotte County's modern era begins when DeSoto County is divided into 5 parts. The first bridge across Charlotte Harbor is constructed and schools begin bussing students from rural communities to the Junior High in Port Charlotte and combined schools in Punta Gorda. Six busses operated on a budget of $30.00 per semester, per student.

  • 1926

    Bussing increased Punta Gorda enrollment to 1,000 and forced construction of Charlotte High School. Charlotte County teacher salaries were reported as the highest in the State of Florida at $615.00 for teachers in a two room school to $933.00 in schools with 10 or more rooms.
    As the Great Depression made its way into Charlotte County, the school year was reduced to 7 months and teachers often received promissory notes for items like food and clothing from local merchants rather than a paycheck.

  • 1937

    Sallie Jones, one of the original 21 teachers assigned to Charlotte High School, is appointed the first female superintendent of schools in the State of Florida. Ms. Jones served 16 years as superintendent. She created the first school lunchrooms and set the standard that all teachers had to be professionally certified. Ms. Jones retired in 1953 after 31 years as an educator.

  • 1950

    Two large residential developers (General Development Corporation and Punta Gorda Isles Development Corporation) spur Southwest Florida growth and force the expansion of the district. New schools are built in rapid succession as can be seen below.

  • 1960

    Adult & Community Education

  • 1961

    Peace River Elementary School

  • 1962

    Charlotte High School, K-9
    Lemon Bay High School

  • 1964

    East Elementary School
    Baker Elementary Center

  • 1970

    Neil Armstrong Elementary

  • 1971

    Port Charlotte Middle School
    Punta Gorda Middle School

  • 1975

    Meadow Park Elementary

  • 1980

    Charlotte Harbor Center
    Charlotte Vocational Center

  • 1982

    Charlotte High School, 10 & 12 Grades
    Port Charlotte High School

  • 1984

    L.A. Ainger Middle School

  • 1986

    Liberty Elementary School
    Vineland Elementary School

  • 1989

    Murdock Middle School

  • 1990

    Deep Creek Elementary School
    Myakka River Elementary

  • 1998

    Kingsway Elementary School

  • 1999

    The Academy

  • 2003

    Sallie Jones Elementary School

  • 2004

    Hurrican Charley destroys six CCPS schools on August 13, including Baker Center, Peace River Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary, East Elementary, Punta Gorda Middle, and Charlotte High.

  • 2007

    New rebuilt Baker Center opens in August.
    New rebuilt Neil Armstrong Elementary Opens in October.

  • 2008

    New rebuilt Peace River Elementary opens in January.
    New rebuilt East Elementary opens in November.
    New rebuilt Punta Gorda Middle Schools opens in August.

  • 2009

    New rebuilt Charlotte high School (3-story building) opens in April.
    Charlotte High School Buildings B and C, and the Auxillary Gym opens in August.

  • 2010

    Charlotte High School Buildings G & F (Media Center/ScienceLabs/Tech Labs/Art Classrooms) Opened in August.
    Received Federal Stimulus Funds through the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the rebuilding of Meadow Park Elementary School and Lemon Bay High School.

  • 2011

    New rebuilt Meadow Park Elementary School opens in August.
    New rebuilt Lemon Bay High School Gymnasium opens in August.

  • 2012

    New rebuilt Lemon Bay High School Three-Story opens in January.
    New rebuilt Punta Gorda Center M&O opens in September.
    New rebuilt Lemon Bay High School Champs Café opens in December

  • 2014

    New rebuilt Lemon Bay High School Administration & Media Center opens in May.

District & School Accountability Reports

District & School Grades

Table Scrolls if Necessary.

School 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Entire District B B B C C B A A
Charlotte High School B B B B A A B A
Charlotte Technical College              
Charlotte Virtual School A B A          
Deep Creek Elementary School B B B D C B A B
East Elementary School C B B C B A A B
Florida SW Collegiate High School A A A A A A A A
Kingsway Elementary School B B B C B A A B
L.A. Ainger Middle School B B B C B A A A
Lemon Bay High School B C A B A A B A
Liberty Elementary School B C C D C B A A
Meadow Park Elementary School C C C C C B A B
Murdock Middle School C C B C C B A A
Myakka River Elementary School B B B A B A B A
Neil Armstrong Elementary School B B B C B A B A
Peace River Elementary School D C C C C B A B
Port Charlotte High School C C B B A A C B
Port Charlotte Middle School B C B C C B B A
Punta Gorda Middle School B C C C B A A A
Sallie Jones Elementary School A A C B A B A A
Vineland Elementary School A A A A A A A A

FL Deparment of Education Documents

For more information you can head over to the Florida School Grades Web Page.

School Public Accountability Reports

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Florida's School Public Accountability Reports have been generated to comply with federal legislation that requires annual report cards on the educational progress of schools, school districts, and the state. These reports are initially published prior to the beginning of the school year. The School Public Accountability Report contains several types of data (indicators) designed to inform parents and the general public about the progress of Florida's public schools. This report meets public reporting requirements and provides certain additional information of interest on the status of Florida's schools.

Florida Department of Education

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2017-2018 School Improvement Plans


Charter Schools

Charter Schools such as Crossroads Hope Academy, Babcock Neighborhood School, and Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School are not required to have School Improvement Plans

District Budget

Table Scrolls if Necessary.

Local State Legislators

Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida - The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Senator Greg Steube - Dist. 23
6230 University Parkway
Suite 202
Sarasota, FL 34240
Senator Denise Grimsley - Dist. 26
295 E. Interlake Boulevard
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Representative Michael Grant - Dist. 75
Suite C
4355 Pinnacle Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33980-2902

Assistant Superintendents

Jerry Olivo

Jerry Olivo

Assistant Superintendent
District Support Services

Phone: 941-255-0808 Ext. 3115
Chuck Breiner

Chuck Breiner

Assistant Superintendent
Human Resources
Employee Relations
Equity Coordinator
Compliance Officer

Phone: 941-255-0808 Ext. 3007


Steve Dionisio has been a resident of Charlotte County since 1979 and is a Port Charlotte High School graduate. Mr. Dionisio earned his Bachelor's Degree from Florida State University in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences and earned his Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership. He began his career in education as a teacher at Murdock Middle School and has served as the Dean of Students at The Academy, Assistant Principal at Port Charlotte High School, Principal of Port Charlotte High School, and Assistant Superintendent for Learning. He was appointed Superintendent of Schools in October 2015. Steve and his wife, Tina, have two children, Nick and Haley.

Superintendent Steve Dionisio Taking His Oath

Contact Info

Ellie Serra
Executive Secretary to the Superintendent
941-255-0808 Ext. 3093

School Board Members

View board meetings and policies at Board Docs

Ian Vincent

Ian Vincent

District 4

Phone: 941-255-0808 Ext. 3008
Lee Swift

Lee Swift

Vice Chairman
District 1

Phone: 941-255-0808 Ext. 3011
Kim Amontree

Kim Amontree

District 2

Phone: 941-255-0808 Ext. 3012
Wendy Atkinson

Wendy Atkinson

District 5

Phone: 941-255-0808 Ext. 3018
Robert Segur

Robert Segur

District 3

Phone: 941-255-0808 Ext. 3124

Contact Us

District Office

District Office Location

1445 Education Way
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Toll-free: 800-628-8938

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:30PM

Staff Directory

Staff Directory

School and Community Relations Office

School & Community Relations Office Location

Town Center Mall
1441 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The School Board shall comply with all federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and with all requirements and regulations of the U.S. Department of Education. No administrative, instructional, staff member or candidate for such a position in this District shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, transgender status, or gender identity), age, gender, pregnancy, marital status, disability, or legally-protected characteristic, be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to, discrimination in any program or activity for which the Board is responsible or for which it receives financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.

(School Board Policy 1122, 3122, 4122