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,
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.
The Cape Coral Police Department last week honored two Caloosa Elementary School students with the “Do The Right Thing” award.
Please join us in recognizing and congratulating these fine young students.
Mason Long 3th Grade – Caloosa Elementary School
Mason was able to assist his sister by making critical life-saving decisions while riding home on the bus. He heard his sister’s urgent medical alert and sprang into action. He immediately got in contact with his mother, gave his sister a snack and kept a watchful eye on her the rest of the ride home.
Romeo Nunez 5th Grade – Caloosa Elementary School
Romeo overheard a conversation that included details involving a person making statements they would bring a weapon to school and commit violence against the campus population. Romeo reported this to a trusted adult who advised the SRO, who in turn immediately began an investigation. The investigation revealed the person making the threats attended a school on Florida’s east coast, and the school SRO there was notified of the possibility of a weapon on their campus. Romeo’s action enhanced the CCPD SRO Unit’s ability to maintain the safety and security of Caloosa Elementary School and highlighted the valuable partnership between the school community and the Cape Coral Police Department.
Thank you to Mason and Romeo for being shining examples of what it means to “do the right thing.”
On March 31, 2021, around 12:10 pm, Cape Elementary kitchen staff employee Blanca M. Guapacha was working in the cafeteria and heard screaming coming from the kitchen. Blanca found another kitchen staff employee lying on the ground, unconscious, and not breathing.
Blanca immediately began performing CPR. School Resource Officer Schilff arrived and continued CPR. Due to their efforts, the kitchen staff employee regained consciousness and began to breathe again.
Due to Blanca Guapacha’s quick efforts to begin CPR, a life was saved. It is due to her extraordinary efforts that she has received the Citizen Recognition Award.
The School District of Lee County is seeking an interim superintendent of schools to lead the District while it conducts a broader search to fill a permanent position.
The interim superintendent will lead the administrative, instructional and support staff of Lee County schools in the continued implementation of its strategic plan, designing, developing and maintaining the best possible education, programs and services for District students.
Located in Southwest Florida, The School District of Lee County is the ninth-largest district in Florida and the 33rd largest district in the U.S. with a growing enrollment of more than 95,000 students, 120 schools and 12,000 employees.
“Selecting the right candidate for this important position is key to the success of our District, our employees and our students, and we will be taking great consideration as we go through each resume,” said Debbie Jordan, chair of the board of directors for The School District of Lee County.
“An interim superintendent with a passion for education will allow our District to continue carrying forward its strategic vision while we undergo a national search for a permanent superintendent.”
The selected candidate will fulfill a six-month contract beginning June 2021 with monthly extensions as needed until the permanent superintendent is selected. The interim superintendent will not be eligible to apply for the permanent position.
Candidates must have a master’s degree or higher with documented history of progressive responsibility as an executive in the public or private sector. Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter via email to BoardOffice@LeeSchools.net.
Applications must be submitted by 9 a.m. on May 21. The School Board of Lee County will review applicants and present recommendations by June 9, and the selected interim superintendent will begin June 15.