The School District of Manatee County has named the University of South Florida – College of Education, Sarasota/Manatee graduate, Carol Ricks of Myakka City Elementary School as its Principal of the Year. Ricks has been the principal of Myakka City Elementary since 2019 and with the school district since 2008.
Prior to her role as principal, Ricks has served as a teacher at Gene Witt, Myakka City and Tara Elementary Schools. She has also been an assistant principal at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School.
Haines City High's Adam Lane and the University of South Florida College of Education graduate received Florida’s Principal of the Year Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Lane has been principal of HCHS in Polk County since 2015. During his tenure the school has seen a significant increase in its graduation rate, as well as a decrease in discipline referrals.
The award recognizes middle and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.