School Board Meeting Highlights - March 9, 2021

School Board Meeting Highlights - March 9, 2021

DELAND – Volusia County Schools will offer comprehensive, rigorous summer programs aimed at addressing learning loss. This summer’s robust academic offerings will be a mix of traditional brick-and-mortar and virtual options.

The Volusia County School Board reviewed the summer programs plan Tuesday.

Summer sessions will be offered in June and July, with a variety of programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. Families will be notified in mid-April if their student meets the criteria for selection to participate in a summer program.

New this June will be an in-person Extended Summer Bootcamp for 10 transformation focus elementary schools, based on state criteria. In addition, Extended Summer Bootcamp virtual tutoring will be available at the district’s 36 other elementary schools.

VCS will offer credit retrieval labs, giving high school students the opportunity to earn credits throughout the summer. Remote options for credit retrieval labs that were started last year due to the coronavirus pandemic will be continued.

More information on summer programs is available at

Also Tuesday, the School Board adopted new English Language Arts instructional materials (textbooks) for use beginning next school year. The new instructional materials – Benchmark for elementary and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for secondary (middle and high schools) – were selected through a rigorous process with evaluation by the district, schools, teachers and the public.

New English Language Arts instructional materials are being adopted statewide this year. They will be used as VCS revises its curriculum maps to align with the state of Florida’s new standards, known as Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking. The new B.E.S.T. standards will be phased in over the next two years.

The board also:

  • Appointed Desiree Rybinski as the new VCS English Language Arts Coordinator and Lynn Bruner as Principal of the combined Osceola-Ortona Elementary School.
  • Recognized three schools as model schools through the Florida Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support Project. This year, Osceola Elementary met the criteria for bronze level in the program. Both Timbercrest Elementary and Heritage Middle School were awarded gold level. Heritage is the first VCS middle school to achieve model school status.
  • Reviewed the district’s strategy regarding local assessments being used to increase student achievement as outlined in the new VCS Strategic Plan.

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