Deputy Will Bayer of the Lee County Sheriff's Office has been in law enforcement for 11 years. He spent many of those years as a patrol deputy, working the roads of Lee County. For the past two years, though, he's had a new assignment: Lee County's schools. Bayer is one of 16 deputies the sheriff's office has assigned to each of the public schools in Lee County over the past couple of years.
Hovering above the stage on one end of the basketball gym at Southern Lee High School were balloons spelling out “2005-2015.” The dash in the middle was a symbol, 10 years of progress and excellence. Southern Lee celebrated its ten-year anniversary Friday night with a celebration of the accomplishments of the last decade, ten years to the date of the dedication of the building.
Two administrators at schools in Lee County got a surprise last week when Superintendent Andy Bryan showed up unannounced. The surprises were good ones, though, as Amy Lundy and Monika Kerner were named the district's principal and assistant principal of the year, respectively. “I didn't know the staff had all gotten together,” said Lundy, the principal at Deep River Elementary. “My assistant principal called me to the media center and Dr. Bryan was there with the award and some beautiful flowers. I was definitely taken by surprise.” Kerner, the assistant principal at West Lee Middle School, said she was also caught off guard. “I was completely blown away,” she said. “I think I was making a notation in my calendar about something when Dr. Bryan and the others came into the room. I wasn’t paying any attention until Dr. Bryan began to speak. Needless to say, I was shocked and very flattered.”
Lee County High School student Elsie Aguilar began doing community service in 6th grade, and she hasn't stopped since. So when she got to high school, joining the Brick City Leo Club – a high school affiliate of service organization Lions Clubs International – seemed like a natural fit. Now a senior, she's the club's president. Last week, at the 78th annual Lee Regional Fair (itself an event of the Sanford Lions Club), she was joined by other club members manning the drink wagon, selling steamed corn on the cob and selling raffle tickets. All of the operations were aimed at raising money for the various causes the Brick City Leos support locally.
Just after dark on a Wednesday night last week, two buses carrying 100 football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and parents from Southern Lee High School left Sanford headed west. The destination was Beaumont, Texas, where Coach Don Simon's Cavaliers – in the third year of what he calls a rebuild of the program – were to take on the Ozen High Panthers in the team's first-ever out-of-state regular season game. “Football aside, this was so valuable just because they got an opportunity to see what's out there beyond Sanford,” Simon said. “There are millions of high school players out there, and only 6.5 percent of them will make it to play football at the Division 1 level. To go on a trip like this shows them what that would be like. If that gives them that goal, that drive to go for something bigger, my job is done.”
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Policy Committee Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Finance Committee Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Facilities & Technology Committee Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Curriculum & Instruction Middle School Committee
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Curriculum & Instruction Elementary School Committee