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Skills inquiry skills the collaborator skills , organization and reading skills that they need in order to be successful college students and so within that they they they began to even figure out what type of coach is for them and is is is really something there. It’s really helped change our culture at Dunbar .
So middle kids. What do you mean by like is like .
Like maybe they’re not the love them , then they’ll come in necessarily as the the best test-takers. Okay . You know maybe there are just you know that there are grade level , but they’re not necessarily a superstar .
Kinda like these and seas.
It could be , it could be like a 3.2 could be these areas some ace while those kids end up becoming a stewardess yeah because they get the tools that prepared of M and you have quite a few of them who perhaps their families there that are the first college generation purse. Yeah , so .
Things like how to compose an essay corrupt just those kinds of things that they may not be able to go home and say hey Mom Dad. How do I you know lay out an outline before I put my asking to get those kinds of that kind of sourcing so it I’m out so Denver has been a force for local high school sports . Over the decades , has that changed at all . With all the tech stuff or is it , is it , is that they probably .
Banned because like last year we had a me teams started coming around lately are wrestling team because traditionally people associate us with football , basketball and track when is when they talk about to be well last year our cross country team last 2 years ago in the state so and our demographics have shifted were really about 41% Hispanic , about 39% African American , about 18% to 20% white , so we actually are even though we’re located in Britain predominate African American community were very diverse is a , it’s a true international of of flair.
It was kind of like a a destination school correct you know and people go out of their way to try to go there. So when you first got started at Dunbar in 1999 , could you have even for seeing all the school’s model and culture has changed so much .
Well , you know , we have a saying there. The dollar has school achievement is the expectation and .
And I , when I started there. The division and I know that their actions and I talked about it by then and we . He knew I wanted to be a power score he’s determined Marty . Oh , I want to become the MIT of school and actually high schools , and so I had that I was always pushing and it comes back . Even when I was a math teacher when I was at when have mouth the be a state champion well and I’ve been through it . 3-time state Chevy and actually the EC becoming up , we were in the top 2 in a country for 3 years in a row . I was a teacher and so a lot of debt it’s just sort of always workers are pushing for kids . I’m always pushing for disguise .
So like you. In 1989 would not be surprised about where the school is now .
No , no , I really believe that we are. I really believe that .
That’s great. So you’ve been an educator or administrator for your whole career , so I’m wondering how do you feel about the current state of public education in Lee County in Florida and the US generally .
I feel like we have to change we’ve agreement on education. The same way for so long . I mean are not same 180 days schedule a hundred years ago and so if we really want to compete . We can’t just keep throwing mandates . We can’t , you know , if you just keep throwing mandates and then you are not able to really do as well was , they have the flexibility was best for all kids so what happens is that sometimes people think and they improve education . We have to him . We have to test more .
And have standardized everything across yes or no.
There have to be standards because before there were times when kids are graduating who couldn’t read. Yes , well , you don’t want that . Yeah you don’t wanna get too extreme . Yeah . But high over there has to be some some some well thought out , you know pieces such as I I think that we need to have a , yeah , a high school diploma , but doesn’t have to be the same level of a college prep little are ready to plot .
And I love that the certification while still in high school is going on and I think that that’s really an important thing for a lot of the students at your school. Do you foresee other schools may be in the area . We’re getting on board with something like that .
Today , I think we really start getting going most almost every school has some type a certainly do that now we have the , the big boys and technology out and I’ve been. I’ll be very pleased with that . But , but it’s all other schools have it and as Gurkhas good for our kids . But but we kind of what we have here is that with the certifications they graduate worth they can go out the door . Making up just as $56,000 a year . Yeah , that’s the sad that that’s , that I can tell , so everyone even cross state but we where we want , apparently .
Yeah , kind of a trailblazer in that area. Yeah . Are there any thoughts that you’d like to share as we wrap up , we’re almost out of time . Is there anything else you’d like to impart upon our listeners .
Well you know one of the things I want our listeners to do is really support education you know and and I’ve become a political a second is that you know one of the things that we have to do in order to keep these programs go and we got to have funding and I know right now , that there’s a half penny sales tax our of referendum this out. And honestly , when you look at to 66-65 who says counties in Florida and all of them are above 6% , except for maybe 4 or 5 or one of them . And so when I think of that I I really feel like we need to be able to you know as a whole . Supporting public education and are the keep these are buildings maintain the keep the security and things are nature . If we don’t invest in education and looking at upgrading education then is the that investment were not invested , and will be investing and other things which are not as productive and and really it’s not , it won’t be as positive . Yeah .
Yeah. As for the future . Right . Yes , well , that’s all the time we got for this part of the show , but I want to thank my guests Carol Burnside is the principle of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers . Mr. Bird side . Thanks so much for you time today and good luck with 2018-2019 school year . Okay . You really get back . I really , I’ve never really all summer and I don’t , you never leave now . All right , thanks so much . When we return we’ll meet a University of Florida sophomore who has spent his summer doing interviews of members of the Fort Myers Dunbar Community as part of an oral history project for University of Florida‘s Scholars program , I’m Julie Glen and you’re listening the Gulf Coast Live stay with us .
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Welcome back to Gulf Coast Live , I’m Julie Glen Gillian Valdivia is a history student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. But he’s from Fort Myers and over the course of the summer . He’s been working with the Lee County Black History Society in the southwest Florida Historical Society to collect oral histories from community elders , mostly from the Fort Myers Dunbar Community Julian works for these Samuel Proctor Oral History program at UF he’s using his research for his senior thesis , which will be about desegregation and integration .