Gov. Rick Scott awarded a check for $1,277,312 to 20 schools in the county for improved or continued student achievement on Tuesday at Stephen Foster Elementary School.
The award is a part of the Florida School Recognition Program. The program awards schools that have an A grade, have increased a grade or are marked as improving. The criteria is determined by the Florida Department of Education.
Scott said that Stephen Foster will receive a $46,000 cut of the check for maintaining an A status.
“You should feel very good about yourselves,” Scott said.
Scott announced in February that a total of $124 million would be distributed this year to schools across the state.
Each school will decide how the funds will be used, according to the press release from the Governor’s office. The award can cover staff bonuses, finance classroom equipment and provide money for extra staff to help students.
Students and faculty attended the presentation along with Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Owen Roberts and Mayor Ed Braddy. About 40 students stood behind Scott as he discussed the importance of investing in education.
Roberts said he is focused on improving education and helping students pursue their career interests. He set a five-year goal to achieve a 100 percent on-time graduation rate.
“We are taking Alachua County to the next level,” Roberts said.