Achieving Excellence

A Special Welcome Back Message from Lauren and Buddy

Congratulations to everyone recognized with Monroe County School District GEMS Awards at the September 8th School Board meeting. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the students and staff of our district.

District Headlines

  • Monroe County students to return to the classroom

    During the next few weeks, the Monroe County School District will be bringing students back to classrooms slowly; by the week of September 14th, Superintendent Theresa Axford says all students will be brought back utilizing the “moderate exposure” plan from the district’s Guide to Safely Reopening Schools. “We made this decision because we think we can do it safely. We also know that parents need us to do this so they can work and support their families, and students need this in order to learn and grow successfully. Virus spread in our community is not at a high level; it has been below 7% for the past ten days, and after consultation with the health department, we believe as long as we all follow safety guidelines, students and teachers can remain safe and healthy,” said Axford. She said she will be continuing to monitor this closely as the date to bring students back approaches.

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  • GEMS Recognized at August, 25th School Board Meeting

    Rebecca Brown is a teacher at PKS and was nominated for a GEMS award by her principal Lisa Taylor. She has acted as a connection to their community through numerous ways. She single handedly got a lot of families through these tough time by personally showing them the resources available within our community and by building relationships.

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  • Theresa Axford becomes the New Monroe County Superintendent of Schools

    On Saturday, August 1st, Theresa Axford becomes Monroe County’s new Superintendent of Schools, taking over for Mark Porter who has held the post since 2012. She will make history as the first female Superintendent of Schools for the southernmost county. She takes over during a challenging time as schools nationwide plan for a safe return to education for the country’s school-aged children. “I want to thank Mark Porter for establishing a solid foundation of professionalism in our school district,” said Axford. “It is because we have this solid foundation, and a great leadership team, that we are able to move through the necessary changes and challenges that go along with planning for a safe return to school in these tumultuous times.” Read the entire article in our MCSD Blog: News and Information about Florida Keys Schools

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  • GEMS Recognized at August, 11th School Board Meeting

    Ms. Effie Jackson Effie is being recognized as a Monroe County School Board GEMS for coordinating the Food Service meal distribution and ensuring that healthy meals were provided to our students since the spring closures. She is an invaluable asset to the Food Service Department and our school district. Effie we thank you for your dedication to the Monroe County School District Community. Ms. Ms. Tracy Garcia and Sujaila Kirsh They are both being recognized as Monroe County School District GEMS. These two ladies have gone above and beyond their duties of both working full-time at Key Largo School in our VPK Program supporting our students and attaining their Bachelor degrees. Congratulations Tracy and Sujaila on your hard work and dedication.

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    On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Monroe County School Board will hold their final budget hearing at the Regular Meeting School Board beginning at 5:00 P.M. The meeting will be
    conducted by video conference, in accordance with Florida Executive Order 20-69 and 20-193. The host location will be Coral Shores High School Media Center, 89901 Old HighwayTavernier, FL 33070.
    Any member of the public who wishes to provide comment before the School Board for action may do so by dialing (305) 293-1400 x 53392 before 5:00 P.M on the meeting day. A video
    broadcast of the meeting is available at
    If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board, with respect to any matter considered at a School Board meeting or hearing, that person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made. If signing, special seating or other accommodations are required, please call 293-1400 ext. 53323 72 hours prior to the meeting.
    Theresa N. Axford, Superintendent
    September 19, 2020

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