School Board Meeting Highlights - March 30, 2021

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DELAND – The Volusia County School Board on Tuesday approved the appointment of Dr. Mark Shanoff as the district’s new Chief Operating Officer of Operations, effective June 1, and Dr. Earl Johnson Jr. as the new principal of Seabreeze High School, effective June 1.

Dr. Shanoff comes to VCS from Orange County Public Schools, where he has been principal of Edgewater High School since 2016. He previously served as a principal at the elementary and middle school levels in Orange County. He will succeed Greg Akin, who retired earlier this month.

Dr. Shanoff is currently the President of the Florida Association of Secondary School Principals and serves on the Orange County Public School Operational Advisory Committee. He is also a past president of the Florida Association of School Administrators. 
  
“I’m looking forward to working collaboratively within Operations Services and across the school district to deliver a world-class learning and working experience for our students, employees, and community,” he said.

picture of Mark Shanoff

Dr. Earl Johnson Jr. represents the full circle of education in Volusia County Schools. He is a Seabreeze High graduate, held his first teaching job there as a math teacher, and served as an Assistant Principal of the school. He served as principal of Osceola and Turie T. Small elementary schools and Matanzas High School in Flagler County. Currently he is Executive Director of Student and Community Engagement and Operations for the Flagler County School District.

“It is an honor to go back where it all started and give back to the students to ensure they are ready to graduate and be career ready,” Dr. Johnson said.

picture of Earl Johnson

He will succeed Seabreeze Principal Joe Rawlings, who plans to retire at the end of this school year.

Also Tuesday, the School Board:

  • Authorized implementation of a Custodial Pilot Program for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Through the pilot, VCS will provide in-house custodial operations at 15 selected schools to compare the difference between outsourcing and in-house custodial services. VCS’ custodial services are currently provided by an outside contractor.
  • Approved a resolution that allows a portion of the property in front of New Smyrna Beach Middle School to be used for the River to Sea Trail. Construction of this portion of the trail is scheduled for summer 2023.
  • Recognized the week of April 5-9 as LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week. There are no planned student activities and there is no curriculum associated with this awareness week. The week is designed to support inclusion and diversity for all students. 
  • Recognized the month of April as School Library and Media Month, Autism Awareness Month, and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  • Received information on upcoming special events including the All-County Orchestra Showcase on April 1, the All-County Jazz Showcase on April 2, and FUTURES First Year Teacher Awards program on April 6.

Together, We Are Stronger

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