Suncoast Credit Union Foundation donates $50K
With the goal of creating a local pipeline of educators to aid the current teacher shortage, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has contributed $50,000, with the potential of adding up to a total of $250,000.
The grant will support the district's "Grow Your Own Teacher" program, which provides scholarship opportunities to paraprofessionals and high school graduates interested in pursuing a career in education.
Over time, the initiative will create a more seasoned teaching force in the district, bringing stability to students and reducing the costs created by teacher turnover.
At a time when public school enrollment is on the upswing, large numbers of teachers are headed for retirement or leaving the profession to pursue other opportunities due to the economic climate. Meanwhile, enrollment in teacher preparation programs have dropped dramatically, falling at an average of 35 percent nationwide in the last five years.
With the $50,000 offered, approximately 110 new teachers could enter the workforce by 2018, with an additional 60 new teachers over the next five-plus years.
A-Team Challenge finals to broadcast on NBC2
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and NBC2 will host the A-Team Challenge in April.
Thirty-three high schools from six counties, including East Lee County High School and Lehigh Senior High School, have been competing in the single-elimination academic competition.
The following games will be broadcast on NBC2:
- Semifinals: April 9 from noon to 1 p.m.
- Championship: April 16 from noon to 1 p.m.
Modeled after Jeopardy, teams compete with each other, answering questions under the categories of science, math, arts and humanities, language arts, social studies and general knowledge.
Public and private schools are invited to compete, with each participating school entering four team players and four team alternates.
The winning team gets a traveling trophy for their school and individual trophies for each player.