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Superintendent's Message

Dr. Douglas Whittaker, Superintendent of SchoolsWelcome to the Charlotte County Public Schools website! Our vision of "Student Success!" remains clear and focused. We are determined to bring all students to a high level of academic achievement and we will continue to be highly successful as a district if we truly work together.

The school district has been hit hard by the recession and a continued drop in student enrollment. Fortunately, the Florida economy is turning around and the State has increased its level of education funding for the first time in five years.

Indicators of student learning have been mixed the past two years as FCAT, SAT, ACT, and Advance Placement exam results show gains in some areas and some decline in others. While I believe the areas of decline are due to the loss of learning support personnel (paraprofessionals) and a significant reduction in funding of professional development for teachers, this decline is unacceptable and is being addressed by creating a new strategic plan for the district. This strategic plan focuses on student learning gains in reading and mathematics, student leadership development, and student and staff wellness. The final plan will be brought to the school board this fall for approval.

Lemon Bay High School is being re-built which brings to eight the number of schools that have been rebuilt since 2004 when Hurricane Charley devastated our county. If you have not done so, please consider visiting one of our newly rebuilt schools and enjoy the dynamic and engaging learning environment you will experience inside.

Using the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" as the backbone of our cultural development has allowed us to use a shared, common language. We have now introduced the 7 Habits to our students via the “Leader In Me” program for grades K-6 and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” for grades 7-12. All ten of our elementary schools are “Leader in Me” schools and three of the schools; Sallie Jones Elementary, Neil Armstrong Elementary, and Vineland Elementary, are “Leader In Me Lighthouse” schools.

As I begin my third year of service in the Charlotte County Public Schools, my top priorities are to see student learning increase, lead with passion and humility, and communicate regularly and with transparency. This is an extraordinary school system than can and will serve this community, state, and nation as a leading district in educational reform.

Doug Whittaker
Doug.Whittaker@yourcharlotteschools.net



Ellie Serra
Executive Secretary to the Superintendent
941.255.0808 ext. 3093
Ellie.Serra@yourcharlotteschools.net


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