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December 2011

Graduation Rate

St. Johns County graduation rate for 2010-2011 rose to 93.3%, an increase of .7% over last year and well above the state average of 81.2%, according to results released today by the Florida Department of Education.
“This is the sixth year in a row that our graduation rate has continued to climb, from 76.7% in 2005-06 to 93.3% this year,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “These trends show the commitment and diligence of teachers, administrators, support staff and parents to ensure their students and children are successful.”
“The four-year graduation rate represents a perceivable and measurable success throughout our district. I am extremely proud of our efforts as a team and those of our students,” he added. Several programs have contributed to the increase including grade recovery programs at middle and high schools, career academies and their emphasis on relevant education, and smaller learning environments.
Graduation rates measure student progress over four years. The method of calculating the graduation rate tracks individuals by student I.D. numbers beginning with their first-time enrollment in ninth grade. This methodology helps account for students transferring both in and out of the county.
In Florida graduates include all students who receive standard diplomas, special diplomas for certain students with disabilities, high school exit-option General Educational Development (GED) diplomas, adult standard diplomas and adult GED diplomas.
During the past year the district’s dropout rate also improved, decreasing from .9% to .8%.  The state dropout average for the 2010-2011 school is 1.9%.

Principal for Elementary School “L” Named

Don Campbell, principal at Wards Creek Elementary School, has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the Principal of Elementary “L”. His nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their December 13 meeting.
The new 738 student elementary school will be constructed at 355 Palencia Village Drive and is expected to open in August 2012. Campbell will be in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary “L” on Monday, December 5 at 11 a.m.
“Don’s ability to create a school community makes him the perfect choice to open our newest elementary school,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “I have the utmost confidence in his leadership ability and know that he will do an outstanding job.”
Campbell has more than seven years of experience in the St. Johns County School District and was the District’s nominee for the 2011 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. He also possesses over 40 years of educational experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator in Florida and Indiana. Before moving to St. Johns County, he served as assistant superintendent of Operational Support Services for Lee County Public Schools.
“I am honored to be selected as the principal of Elementary School “L” as this school has been a dream for many years for the parents and students in this part of the county,” said Principal Don Campbell. “I am thrilled that I get to be a part of this dream and to work with the students, parents and community in bringing the dream to reality.”
Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University.