Educational Foundation to Host Reception Celebrating School Board Members’ Service
TAVARES — The Educational Foundation of Lake County on Monday, November 8th, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the rotunda of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares, will host a reception celebrating the service of Lake County School Board Members Cindy Barrow and Larry Metz.
Barrow of District 3 currently presides as the Lake County School Board Chair. She was elected to the position in 2006. During her tenure, she said she is most proud of the School District and Lake County voters for allowing the School Board to appoint a professional Superintendent to lead Lake County Schools.
“I am proud of our accomplishments in improving student achievement and improving our graduation rate,” she said. “I have enjoyed helping to author the district's anti-bullying policy and helping to create a mentor training curriculum for the Elementary Mentorship Program. In addition, our School Board has become a Master School Board during my tenure and we have operated as a high-performing team. I am very proud of my board members and our Superintendent. It’s my honor to watch our students shine throughout the Lake County School District.
“I thank everyone in Lake County Schools for working as a team to provide the best for our students,” she added. “I also wish to thank the voters for allowing me to serve on the Lake County School Board.”
Metz of District 1 was appointed to the School Board in October 2004 by Gov. Jeb Bush and was elected to a four-year term in November 2006. He served as Vice Chair from 2005-06 and as Chair from 2006-2008. During his six years of service, Metz said he was pleased with the overall progress of the District. Metz believes this was a transitional period for the District in a number of respects. Most noteworthy was the change in governance model from an elected to an appointed superintendent, and he believes the School Board met that challenge. Metz is also proud to have initiated polices that improved the accountability and transparency of the District’s finances, including the creation of a formal internal audit process augmented by a citizens’ audit committee. He said during difficult financial times, the Board has been conservative in its budgeting and has protected the classroom while maintaining adequate financial reserves.
“I will always reflect on my time as a Lake County School Board Member with fond memories,” Metz said. “It has been an honor to serve the people of Lake County.”
For more information about the reception for School Board Members Cindy Barrow and Larry Metz, contact the Educational Foundation of Lake County at (352) 326-1265.