Proud to serve our students, parents and schools

Whether it’s helping a parent with a bus stop problem or passing a budget that puts our children and employees first; it all feels important. Working collaboratively with Superintendent Hanna and my school board colleagues, I’m proud of our many accomplishments over the past 3 years. Here are a few highlights since my 2016 election:

  • Recess Every Day—now, every Leon County elementary student gets at least 20 minutes of recess every day.
  • No D’s and F’s for our youngest students-kindergartners and first graders no longer get Ds or Fs on their report cards, instead they get an “N” for not yet.
  • Less time wasted on testing and test prep– We passed a resolution to eliminate using students to “load test” computers for testing, saving valuable instructional time. Schools have been given more curriculum autonomy to better fit the needs of their students. 
  • Safe Schools for All and No armed teachers–After Parkland, we were one of the first school boards to pass a resolution to hire only certified law enforcement officers and ban arming teachers in our schools.
    • We devised a detailed safety plan at each school that included funding Mental Health Counselors at every school.
    • We added safety patrol monitors at each school.   
    • In conjunction with the Leon County Sheriff’s office and the Tallahassee Police Department, we hired professionally trained law enforcement officers to help protect our children at every school.
  • Speaking Up for Public Schools–I wrote an Op-Ed piece about the continued drain on resources by giving away tax dollars to unaccountable corporate scholarships for private schools.
  • Getting our Message Out!–We recently initiated a Strategic Communications plan to better communicate with parents, recruit teachers, engage the community, and market the innovative programs in our public schools. 
  • Creating Community Partnerships— Our Purpose Built partnership with Leon County Schools and Hartsfield Elementary School has potential to be a game changer in South City. We plan to launch a new “Primary Years–Pre-IB” program in the next 2 years at Hartsfield. I’m proud to be on their advisory board and am committed to supporting this holistic community transformation.
  • Sabal Palm Community Partnership will also make a REAL difference with our 25-year partnership with FSU, FAMU and Children’s Home Society.
  • Increased Emphasis on EQUITY
    • It’s all about Pre-K— Providing a full day of quality pre-kindergarten for students who live in poverty is one of the best ways to close the achievement gap. We invested $100,000 to fund the other half day of VPK at our Title One Schools. We are also reaching out to all private VPK providers to establish a “Forward Leon-Gold Seal” curriculum and partnership.
    • Weighted funding for field trips, supplies and activities for low SES schools
  • Investing in our Schools—Despite seriously inadequate funding for our teacher salaries and schools, we have worked hard to cut costs and distribute the savings into our schools and employees.
  •  Continued from 2018-19:
    • •Pay raises for all employees = $6.6M
    • •Funding for Student Activities and the Arts = $1M
    • •Deans for every Middle School= $250K
    • •Additional Operations Funds for schools = $500K
    • • Emergency Reserve = $5M
    • •School Safety Monitors = $1.2M
    • •School Behavior Specialists = $800K
  • New for 2019-20:
  • •Funds for additional pay raises for all employees = $6.4M
  • •Enrichment for Elementary, Middle/Special Schools = $300K
  • •Additional Support for Lower Performing Schools = $300K
  • • Restorative Justice programs in certain schools = $100K
  • •Additional Funding for Pre-Kindergarten programs = $100K

About Rosanne

Rosanne is a strong advocate for full funding and support of public schools. She is a proponent of early intervention and a critic of the misuse of standardized testing and school grades. She is a voice for policies and funding that promote EQUITY among the schools and better teacher salaries.

Proud to represent you!

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Thanks, Rosanne Wood

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