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					                                                      Putnam County School District
                                                               200 S. 7th St., Palatka, FL 32177
                                                                (386) 329-0510 (800) 523-2149
David M. Buckles
Superintendent of Schools                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


        Putnam career academies awarded Succeed Florida! grants

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla., Nov. 7 – First-time career academies at two Putnam County
high schools will continue thanks to grants received from the Florida Department of
Education.

Interlachen High School and Crescent City Jr.-Sr. High School are both receiving money
from 2007-2008 Succeed Florida! grants. IHS has a Criminal Justice Academy, a Health
Academy, a Business Academy and a Culinary Arts Academy. CCJSHS also has
Criminal Justice and Health academies, along with a Teacher Assisting Academy.

Established in 205, the SUCCEED, Florida! grant program is designed to help meet the
state’s most critical workforce needs by supporting new and expanding educational
programs in career areas targeted for statewide economic development.

IHS is receiving $150,000 from two Succeed Grants, with $75,000 going for an academy
with multiple career cluster areas, and the other $75,000 for academies focusing on
public health and services.

“This will help us continue to implement our Criminal Justice and Health Sciences
academies, as well as provide for other career education areas where we can create and
implement additional career academies in the future,” said Tonya Whitehurst, assistant
principal at IHS. Whitehurst and Renee Hough, district guidance counselor for Putnam
County Schools, wrote the grant for IHS. Whitehurst said future academies will
specifically target bio-technology, engineering and business. “These are areas we know
society is heading toward having the greatest need for in the real world,” she said. “We’re
trying to anticipate and meet those needs.” She said the school also hopes to increase its
teacher assisting classes and create a Teacher Assisting academy, aimed at preparing
students seeking a teaching degree.

Suzanne Mathe, IHS principal, said she appreciated the hard work that Whitehurst and
Hough put into writing the successful grant. “It presents an exciting opportunity for our
students,” Mathe said. “The positive impact on our academic programs and our students
will be tremendous.”

Crescent City Jr.-Sr. High School is receiving $75,000 for its academies from a Succeed
Florida! grant written by Grace Smith, director of Career and Adult Education for Putnam
County Schools. “We are very thankful to receive this grant,” said Rodney Symonds,
principal at CCJSHS. “We can continue working on the incorporation of our academies,
and purchase materials and equipment to give students more hands-on experiences.”

                                   Board Members
John D. Milton    Tom Townsend        Lisa Parsons     C.L. Overturf, Jr.      Joann Barber
  District I        District II        District III       District IV           District V
                                                      Putnam County School District
                                                                200 S. 7th St., Palatka, FL 32177
                                                                 (386) 329-0510 (800) 523-2149
David M. Buckles
Superintendent of Schools                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A career academy is a small, personalized learning community within a school that
focuses on careers. Academy programs are designed to lead students into their future
career goals with rigorous, relevant college-preparatory curriculum that is integrated with
the students’ career education major. Academy teachers work in teams with small groups
of students in each career academy, providing students with individualized support and
extensive career counseling. Academic teachers and career-education teachers work
together to design course work to increase the relevance of each course subject.

Senate Bill 1232 requires that each school district have at least one operational
professional academy no later than the beginning of the 2008-09 school year.

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For media use only: For more information, contact Kirk Collier at (386) 937-9346 or
kcollier@putnamschools.org.




                                    Board Members
John D. Milton    Tom Townsend        Lisa Parsons      C.L. Overturf, Jr.      Joann Barber
  District I        District II        District III        District IV           District V