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Duval County School Board receives advocacy award

10:25 AM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County School Board received the 2012 Florida School Counselor Association School Board Advocacy Award.

Joni Shook, Elementary District-Level Guidance Counselor and Nan Worsowicz, Supervisor of Guidance Services, nominated the district on behalf of all the district's school counselors, according to a news release from Jill Johnson, spokesperson for the school district.

The award will be presented to district officials in St. Petersburg during the Florida School Counselor Association awards dinner. The dinner will take place during the organization's annual convention November 2.

Johnson said the board was selected because of its commitment to counseling the needs of students.

Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said, "We all recognize the need to have the right people and resources in place to ensure overall student success. When students have a solid support system at school, it makes it an ideal place to learn and grow.

For the 2012-13 school year, Johnson said the district added 39 additional school counselor positions. Also, the board requires a full-time counselor at every elementary school and two at every middle school. Based on student population at each high school, the board sets ratios to determine the number of counselors needed.

Board Chairman Betty Burney said, "We want to ensure that our students are equipped to succeed. This type of success happens when we choose to recognize the needs of students and counselors, and take action to consistently put their needs first."

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