Last month, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber held an Economic Luncheon to continue the conversation about improving education. This year, Dr. Robert Avossa, Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County, returned to address the sold out crowd at the Chamber’s Luncheon, sponsored by PNC, on August 17th at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Dr. Avossa gave an update on education within our county.
Dr. Avossa discussed the five year strategic plan for Palm Beach County Schools for the years 2016 through 2021. He also gave an overview of grants that have been awarded and the plans for those schools, the rankings for our local schools and the a list of schools that improved their letter grades by a minimum of one full letter grade, showing a continuing improvement within our local education system.
Dr. Avossa informed attendees that 61% of Palm Beach County Schools are ‘A’ and ‘B’ schools and that Palm Beach County currently has no ‘F’ schools. He also educated attendees on the closing achievement gap, which shows an increase in graduation rate for all students, regardless of their background.
As the business community, we have the ability to impact our future leaders by providing opportunities to help them become successful in their futures.
Dr. Avossa stated, “If public schools do a great job, than our economy goes up, crime rate goes down and all kinds of issues in our economy begin to get resolved because people are able to reach their full potential.”
Attendees also heard from presenter Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation.
The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning tackles a number of issues impacting children ages 0-8 to help secure Florida’s future through quality early education.
To support these efforts, the Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation (the nonprofit arm of the Chamber), has continued their Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a cutting edge afterschool program that takes students ages 11 to 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement.
Applications are being accepted for the upcoming YEA! class, which begins in October. Learn more about the YEA! program or apply online today by visiting www.CPBchamberYEA.org.
Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 19, Wellington, FL 33414