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Pine Island Elementary again earns A grade

July 12, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , Pine Island Eagle

The School District of Lee County saw overall improvement for the 2016-17 school year, according to preliminary grades released recently by the Florida Department of Education.

Pine Island Elementary School again earned an A -- the same grade it's received every year since 1999, according to the Florida Department of Education web site.

Two West Zone schools, Caloosa and Bayshore elementariness, both saw their results improve two letter grades from a C to an A.

In addition, Challenger and both Gulf Middle and Elementary also earned A grades. For Gulf Middle, it was the 15th time in 16 years the school has received the top grade.

Trafalgar Elementary and Trafalgar Middle also both earned A's, as did Diplomat Elementary.

According to the results, 52 percent of Lee County public schools earned an A or B grade, up from 46 percent last year and much closer to the statewide average of 57 percent.

While the district maintained its B grade for a third straight year, it increased its overall percentage of total points from 54 to 57, moving the district closer to its goal of an A grade.

According to the district, this moves Lee up five notches from 35th in the state overall to 30th.

There are 67 county districts in the state.

"I am proud of the hard work of our teachers, administrators and district staff over the last year. While we know our schools are much more than a grade, this data shows we are moving in the right direction," said Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins in a prepared statement.

This year no schools received an F grade, and nearly 30 percent of schools in Lee improved their grades. James Stephens International Academy in Fort Myers raised its grade from an F to a B.



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