Barbara Jenkins is Florida’s Superintendent of the Year

From Orange County Public Schools

 Dr. Barbara Jenkins was named Florida’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year, at the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and Florida School Board Association (FSBA) joint conference this week in Tampa.

Jenkins was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012.

“I am honored to represent the fine superintendents of Florida,” said Jenkins. “I am also extremely grateful for a phenomenal school board, talented leadership team, outstanding principals and teachers, and OCPS team members who lead our students to success every day.”

Under Jenkins’ leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize earned $500,000 for student scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The district also received the Governor’s Sterling Award in 2014 and again in 2015. The award is highly regarded for its recognition of organizations that exemplify performance excellence in Florida. Also, for three of the last five years, OCPS was named to the AP District Honor Roll by the College Board, for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning exam scores for college credit.

Jenkins serves on the boards of United Arts of Central Florida, Winter Park Health Foundation, Greater Orlando Economic Development Commission, Florida Hospital, Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness, Orange County Youth Mental Health Commission, and is a member of the Aspen Urban Superintendent’s Network.

The process for electing Florida’s Superintendent of the Year was established by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), a national organization of school superintendents and other educational leaders. In March 2017, Jenkins will represent all Florida superintendents at the AASA’s National Education Conference in New Orleans, LA where she will be recognized and honored for her public education service in Florida.

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