Publix customers and associates raised $100,000 for the Tools for School campaign.
The funds were raised to give back to the students and teachers of Lee County and provide children with the tools needed to be successful this school year.
United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee is sharing $500 worth of Publix gift cards with each school in the School District of Lee County.
Additional community programs and services will also be supported through this initiative.
Event to provide insight on teaching positions within the District
The School District of Lee County is hosting Social Lee: Careers & Conversations, an informational event that will provide insight on teaching positions within the District, on Thursday, Sept. 30 in Fort Myers.
Ideal for prospective career-changers and working professionals, attendees will have the opportunity to meet District representatives, learn about the variety of career paths available and walk through the process of becoming certified to teach in Florida. Select candidates may also be offered an interview for potential employment.
Florida is one of 48 states that offer alternative routes to becoming a certified teacher. Individuals who already earned a bachelor’s degree in any field can become eligible for Florida teacher certification by passing a subject area exam in their area of expertise, completing additional coursework or enrolling in a teacher preparation program.
With a growing enrollment of more than 95,000 students and 120 schools, the District is looking to connect talented, high-energy educators with instructional vacancies for the upcoming school year. Positions are available across the District with a focus on high-demand positions like English, elementary education, science, math and special education, as well as for non-instructional positions including bus drivers and bilingual paraprofessionals.
Social Lee: Careers & Conversations will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 at Stillwater Grille, located at 13451 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. To register by Sept. 29, click here.
The District’s efforts to put “The Right Talent in the Right Place” means that new teachers will receive the support and necessary resources that will enable them to succeed upon entering the field of education.
The School District of Lee County offers a competitive and comprehensive compensation plan for its employees with a starting salary of $47,300. Additional benefits and earning opportunities are also available via advanced degree supplement, summer school, athletic coaching and more. Upon hire, a personal benefits selection process will be made available to eligible employees.
To learn more about available career opportunities, visit www.LeeSchools.net/Careers.
The School District of Lee County is warning parents whose children take the bus to school to expect delays at the start of the school year because of a critical school bus driver shortage.
“If you know anyone who wants to drive a bus, you know, I’ll keep saying it ’til the cows come home: We need more drivers,” says Interim Superintendent Ken Savage.
The district is still short at least 100 school bus drivers as the new school year begins today.
The School District of Lee County has immediate openings for bus drivers for the new school year.
Applicants should have five years of driving experience and a satisfactory driving record. The requirement for a GED or diploma has been waived until the end of February 2022.
In addition to an hourly rate starting at $14.69, drivers will receive a training stipend after driving for 45 days.
Charter schools in Cape Coral are in need of renovations, upkeep, and the money to pay for it all.
Replacement buses and carpeting, new playgrounds, and new technology are all among what the City of Cape Coral Charter School Authority says it needs but doesn’t have the money to buy.
Superintendent Jacquelin Collins of Oasis Charter Schools in Cape Coral said much of the money pit is the schools’ annual $3.2 million lease on its buildings.
The city is asking the Lee County school board for a cut of the district’s half-cent sales tax revenue, used to support maintenance, safety and security, technology, and construction of Lee County schools.
As of March, Lee County schools have collected more than $163 million in sales tax benefits,
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is joining forces with Lee County School District’s Food & Nutrition Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to host a Summer Feeding Kickoff event at Paul Sanborn Park (2310 SE 3rd Street) on Monday, June 21.
Free nutritious lunches will be provided from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. to children and youth age 18 and under as part of the Summer BreakSpot Program.
The Summer BreakSpot Program is federally funded under the USDA and administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Participating sites provide nutritionally balanced meals to children and youth during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Meals are offered at no cost and there are no income or registration requirements.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Lee County Food & Nutrition Services to host the USDA Summer Feeding Program at Paul Sanborn Park again this summer,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kerry Runyon. “After children enjoy a free nutritious lunch, we believe the activities offered by the Cape Coral Fun-Mobile will serve as a nice supplement to encourage outdoor play.”
The kickoff event will feature the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Fun-Mobile that will be on site until 1 p.m. for free games and activities. Food will be served to children from the School District’s new lunch truck.
Free lunches for children and youth will continue throughout the summer at Paul Sanborn Park each weekday from June 21 through July 28. Lunches will be provided from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. and free recreational activities will be offered until 1 p.m. by the Cape Coral Fun-Mobile.
For more information or to find other locations offering free lunches for children and youth, text “FoodFL” to 877-877, dial 2-1-1 when schools begin releasing for the summer break, or visit www.SummerBreakSpot.org.
To get more information on Cape Coral Parks and Recreation and the new Fun-Mobile, visit www.CapeParks.com or www.CapeFunMobile.com.