Area schools receive recognition award dollars

Alachua County Public School district office sign
Alachua County Public School district office sign

The Alachua County School District (ACSD) will receive more than $1.6 million in school recognition awards money.

The bonus funds come from the state for schools that achieved an “A” grade or rose one grade in the latest state report card in the 2021-22 school year. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that $200 million would be awarded to 1,400 schools statewide through the School Recognition Program.

ACSD received $1,657,142 in funds, according to the report, led by Buchholz High School with $423,696, Gainesville High School with $321,267 and High Springs Community School at $175,193.

The following are the amounts received by area school districts:

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  • Alachua — $1,657,142
  • Bradford — $94,705
  • Columbia — $489,311
  • Dixie — $137,579
  • Gilchrist — $371,000
  • Levy — $141,027
  • Union — $187,905
  • Suwannee — $346,837

Schools can use the funding for bonuses to the faculty and staff, educational equipment or materials to assist in maintaining and improving student performance, or temporary personnel for the school to assist in maintaining and improving student performance.

Distribution of the funds will be determined by the school’s staff and school advisory council.

To view the full list of awards, click here.

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