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Superintendent

Ken Kenworthy, Superintendent Ken Kenworthy, Superintendent
Telephone: (863) 462-5000 ext. 226
Fax: 863-462-5151
700 SW 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Administrative Assistant:
Sharon Vinson
Email: vinsons@okee.k12.fl.us

Welcome to Okeechobee County Schools

Dear Parent, Guardian, Community Member and Partner:

Communication is key to a successful business.  It is important for you to know and understand what the district offers, not only prove that we are a good investment, but also to provide information so you may access a variety of programs and services to solidify our partnership. This online venue does just that.  I encourage you to view this resource as a tool to enhance your child’s experiences while in school. 

Collectively through our partnership, using the many tools found on our website, we have been able to reach milestones in each of the focus areas of our Strategic plan.

Academic Achievement: With your help, we have increased our performance level to a “B” under the state’s accountability system.  Our graduation rate, industry certifications, proficiency rates, and learning gains have all increased.

Student Development: To ensure that students are ready to learn, we are focusing on mental health and wellness, engagement and attachment to school, decreasing suspensions, and improving average daily attendance.  It is imperative that students feel safe at school so we have gone to great lengths to secure our campuses, implement a district-wide social and emotional learning curriculum, actively respond to possible threats, staff each school with a school resource officer and participate in the Guardian program. New this year, you will encounter a buzzer before being allowed access to school grounds.  Please recognize that this is not meant to discourage you, we need you. It is meant to keep our students safe by ensuring everyone on campus has a legitimate purpose to be anywhere near your child. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Investing in Human Capital:  The quality of your experience with us depends upon the qualifications, integrity, professional development and training of our staff.  It takes all of us working together from the bus driver greeting students as they get on the bus as early as 5:30 am to the custodian locking up campus for the night at 11:00pm.  From selecting the right potential employee, on-boarding, providing professional development on instructional practice, customer service, and safety protocol, our goal is to have employees functioning at a high level regardless of the position they occupy.  Our employees are equal to the task and without them, our tremendous progress and improvement would not be possible.

Efficient District Systems: Schools cannot do it alone. All of our departments must work together to support our students. Evidence this is working is signified by our accreditation.  Commendations recognized by the accreditation visiting team validates the great work occurring.  Likewise, best practices identified that would enhance our educational programs are being implemented within our strategic plan. 

Recognizing the awesome trust you place in us by choosing to send your student to Okeechobee County Schools, we will strive to make this the best possible school year yet.  If you have any questions about the services offered and available, please contact us so that we may improve student outcomes and reach our mission to prepare ALL students be to be college and career ready and function as productive citizens.

Trusted Educationally,

Ken Kenworthy

Superintendent of Schools