Cindy Frakes, a realtor in American Realty, has served on the Okaloosa County School Board since 1998. In an interview with The Gulf Coast Post, Frakes answered questions about the biggest challenges the board is facing. The challenges still remain financial (Frakes school board Inteview Gulf Coast Paper). During these budget struggles, have there been bright spots? “Our CHOICE program for career technical education served as a model for recent state legislation. (It has also been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.) The emphasis is on earning nationally recognized industry certifications that will provide the student opportunities for high wage/high skill employment.”
Frakes says the board still has their sights set on another achievement: “STEM”or science, technology, engineering and math. STEM is a nation-wide initiative. “As America competes with other countries, we must ensure our students are ready for the challenges.”
As for the question on how Frakes measures her success as a board member? “Seeing Okaloosa schools move from the bottom third in the state to being number one in the state has been highly rewarding.”
Okaloosa Schools #1 in the State
recognizing them as one of the highest performing school districts in the state. The success of each school, and the county as a whole, is due to the shared responsibility and involvement of the entire community. Each school district works hard to provide a state of the art education designed to create high performing future citizens and community stakeholders.
All Okaloosa County schools have been recognized as high performing. Free or reduced lunch rates range from less than 15% to about 55%, depending on the area. The schools that serve military personell have a more transient population, and have designed support groups and clubs to help address some of the these issues. The number of students vary, from a little more than 550 in Crestview to more than 900 in Destin.
- In Crestview, students can attend, Antioch, Bob Sikes, Northwood, Riverside, and Walker.
- Niceville schools include Bluewater Bay, Edge, and Plew.
- Fort Walton Beach students may attend Edwins, a fine and performing Arts school, with an emphasis on the arts and science, Elliot Point, Kenwood, or Wright.
- Eglin Air Force Base hosts its own school, which caters to civilian staff and military personnel.
- Mary Ester students attend Mary Ester Elementary or Florosa.
- The Shalimar schools are Longwood or Shalimar.
- Destin students attend Destin Elementary.
Okaloosa County School Links
Okaloosa Schools: Fort Walton Beach metro area, Shalimar, Niceville, Mary Esther, Destin, Crestview
Walton & Santa Rosa County School Links:
Walton County is geographically one of the largest counties in all of Florida, stretching from the Alabama border to the Gulf of Mexico. Walton County schools have been rated A school by the Department of Education, placing them among the highest performing schools in the state. Walton County Schools have enrollments as small as 300 students at Bay Elementary, and as many as 900 at Van R. Butler, both in South Walton. Schools in the Northern part of the county have enrollments averaging about 500 students.
Santa Rosa Schools provide quality educationtosome of the fastest growing areas of the state.
Emerald Coast School Boundaries:
Below is an interactive map where you can add a property’s address to find the schools in that neighborhood. Schools are indicated by blue pin markers. Clicking on the pins will reveal the school contact information and the school’s “test rating” as furnished by www.education.com. As of February 2012, the school boundaries for our area have not yet been mapped, but the feature is in the works.