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MIAMI - Miami-Dade County Public Schools

July 2012

SUPERINTENDENT CARVALHO UNVEILS
M-DCPS’ NEW BUS FLEET

Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho unveiled the school district’s new bus fleet this morning at the school district’s bus depot.  

The 255 new, clean-diesel buses are high-efficiency vehicles that will reduce the school district’s carbon footprint, replace older buses and bring fuel consumption and maintenance costs down.  The air-conditioned buses feature a unique frontal framework that gives drivers better visibility.  Disc brakes and anti-lock brakes provide for added student safety.

The new buses are expected to nearly double the gas mileage provided by the older ones.  They produce almost no harmful emissions, and carbon monoxide emissions are zero.  The buses will be used throughout the county.

Suntrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp. provided a historically low financing rate of 2.12 percent over a 10-year term.  The district originally planned on buying 250 buses and was able to negotiate a deal for five additional buses.  Due to projected savings from the bus upgrade, the district is expected to achieve a net present value savings of $1.4 million.  Savings will be achieved through reduced maintenance costs, fuel efficiencies, greater reliability and on-time route performance.
 

COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION APPROVES MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS AWARD RECIPIENT OF THE RACE TO THE TOP ASSESSMENT GRANT

MIAMI- Interim Commissioner of Education, Dr. John L. Winn, approved Miami-Dade County Public Schools as an award recipient for two of seven Race to the Top Assessment Grants to develop assessments and assessment items for hard-to-measure content areas, which include visual arts and physical and health education for K-8 students. 

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SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS ALBERTO M. CARVALHO RECOMMENDS SALARY CUTS FOR ADMINISTRATORS, ASSISTANTS 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho recommended salary cuts for district administrators and high-level clerical employees at the May 11 School Board meeting.  The cuts come on the heels of a projected $80 million cut to school funding for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

“We must lead by example in these tough times,” said Carvalho.  “The tough times continue, and our administrators, who have already shouldered significant salary reductions in the past three years, will again take the lead in absorbing the financial blow.” The measure will save approximately $500,000 in the coming year, and millions of dollars in the years ahead. 

The salary cuts will affect approximately 400 administrators and clericals and were approved by the School Board.  The move will reduce the maximums of managerial pay grades by 20 percent.  Managers currently in those positions will face a two percent pay cut, as well as a three percent pay cut as a result of the Legislature’s action that requires state employees to pay into their retirement funds. 

 

M-DCPS WINS $10 MILLION GRANT IN U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TEACHER INCENTIVE FUND (TIF) GRANT COMPETITION 

MIAMI - Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) was among 62 applicants from 27 states to win the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant competition. The USDOE is providing the first two years of funding – a total of $422 million – of a five-year $1.2 billion program that seeks to strengthen the education profession by rewarding excellence, and attracting teachers and principals to high-need and hard to staff areas.

M-DCPS’ award for the five-year program is $10 million. The grant will be used to develop and implement a performance-based compensation system - CORE Initiative: Creating Opportunities to Reward Educators - in eight high-need elementary schools serving grades K-5. It will enable the schools to recruit, reward, and retain highly effective teachers and administrators who are needed to engage and teach their students to succeed despite the many challenges they face. The project will serve as a catalyst for change in these schools, supporting a culture of continuous improvement that will lead to increased teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

This year's winning applicants were selected by a group of 60 independent, expert peer reviewers. They were judged on their comprehensive plans to develop, reward, and support effective teachers and principals in high-need schools, based on evaluations that include multiple measures, including student growth.

A list of TIF winners can be found online at: www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherincentive/awards.html. Note that award amounts listed for each winner are over a five-year period. 

 

 

JOHN A. FERGUSON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND
INVITED TO PERFORM AT OLYMPIC GAMES 

John A. Ferguson Senior High School’s Jazz Band has been invited to perform at the Olympic Games in London next year.  The students are holding a fundraising concert on May 24 at 6 p.m. at the school. John A. Ferguson Senior High School is located at 15900 S.W. 56th Street, Miami, FL 33185.

 “The students have done well this year with superior ratings at State Assessment, a performance in Carnegie Hall, and an invitation to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in London next summer” said Ryan Ellis, the band director. “The concert on May 24th will feature our students playing alongside a who's who in Latin Jazz, including Bobby Ramirez, Ed Calle, Nicole Yarling, Leon Foster Thomas, Jorge Rodriguez, Mark Gregory, and Brian Russell.”

The concert is open to the public and all proceeds will go toward travel expenses for the Olympic Games. Ferguson’s Jazz Band is the only American public school invited to perform in the Summer Olympics.  For additional information contact Mr. Ellis at 786-877-2529.

 

 

 
 
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