We are pleased to announce that Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent Marcus Chambers was recently recognized by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) for his accomplishments during his tenure. In addition, several innovative district programs and awards were mentioned, which included the following:
• The Okaloosa County School District (OCSD) was one of 38 school systems worldwide to receive the Cognia's District of Distinction award.
• OCSD has returned to an authentic and meaningful School Performance Plans (SPPs) process to ensure each school's goals are apparent and coming to full fruition.
• Increased District focus on professional development opportunities for administrators designed to empower communication and leadership.
• Grant funding from Triumph Gulf Coast, in partnership with HCA Florida Hospital in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, launched the Health Academy, a program available through the District's Career and Technical Education (CTE), where students can gain hands-on experience and earn an industry certification upon completion.
• The CTE Building Trades and Construction Design Technology program has been expanded, as well as the introduction of Kids CODE, a computer program aimed at elementary students to spark interest and impart knowledge in computer programming.
For over 25 years, Superintendent Chambers has devoted his life to public education. Chambers acknowledges that his focus has been dedicated to educating, enhancing, and encouraging students, whether in the classroom, playing field, or the concert hall. "To me, there's nothing more important than investing in our children. The future depends on it; those like me called to the profession will reap more rewards than they can imagine. I'm blessed to be a part of this community in ways I never imagined, and I wouldn't change it for the world," said Superintendent Marcus Chambers.