At the beginning of 2012, Martin County School District was exceedingly please with its previous year’s accomplishments of having earned an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education for the 10th consecutive year. A few of their additional feats included:
•Exceeded the state’s average scores in all FCAT subjects and grade levels tested.
•Ranked #1 in the state for middle school FCAT writing scores.
•Ranked 3rd highest in the state for the total number of FCAT points earned.
•Earned the 3rd highest graduation rate in the state (2010). At 94.3%, the graduation rate is also an all-time high for the District.
•Earned the prestigious designation as an Academically High Performing School District for the 5th consecutive year.
Despite 2012 being an election year and many issues pertaining to the school system are political (Martin County is one of the few remaining counties around the country that elects its school superintendent), Martin County earned an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education for the 11th consecutive year and individual schools continue to thrive. Florida Department of Education released high school grades for the 2011-2012 school year and the Martin County School District’s four high schools each earned an “A” grade, which is the state’s top grade.
Murray Middle School (located in Port Salerno) became the initial site for the Tiger Woods Foundation’s learning center where students participate in an after school program to learn about forensic science. Other learning centers are in California and Washington D.C. The Tiger Woods Foundation has reached millions of young people by delivering unique experiences and innovative educational opportunities for youth worldwide. What began as simply a dream to provide young people with opportunities and the tools needed to achieve a bright future has grown into a global organization that has served young people around the world. The Tiger Woods Learning Center has been in operation in Martin County since the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year and is doing extremely well.
Nancy Kline was the school superintendent of the Martin County School District for the bulk of 2012 (elected to position in 2008). Prior to her tenure as superintendent, Mrs. Kline served as an elected member of the school board from 2004 to 2008. Mrs. Kline has devoted her career to children, families, and education. Mrs. Kline’s challenger for the Martin County school superintendent job was fellow Republican Laurie Gaylord who has also served as a Martin County school board member and named as 2007 School Board Member Of The Year, presented by the Florida Consortium of Education Foundations.
Beginning in 2011 and overflowing into 2012, Nancy Kline had allegations toward her of cheating on an examination for the “Florida Superintendent Special Certification Program”. In a press release in November 2009, Nancy Kline made known that she had passed the exam and that made her eligible to receive an additional $2,000 annually in income Some members of the community felt that the cheating allegations toward Martin County superintendent Kline may have been a part of a smear campaign. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reviewed the situation back in March and after their review, they cleared Superintendent Kline of all allegations and prepared a report in accordance.
While Mrs. Kline was cleared of all cheating allegations, she lost her bid for re-election to Laurie Gaylord. Superintendent Gaylord began her tenure at the end of 2013 and has begun to implement changes throughout the District beginning with the new Martin County School District’s website design.
REF: Martin County School District
REF: Martin County Supervisor of Elections