This is the week when we say goodbye to Mark Porter, our superintendent of schools.
As president of the Monroe Education Foundation that operates the Take Stock in Children program and trustee of the Golden Fleece Foundation, I have been privileged to have had the opportunity of working with Mark during his eight-year tenure.
His management style has encouraged and nurtured success and built a framework of excellence that has resulted in much higher high school completion rates, acceleration of digital education and increased completion of national computer science certificates, and a focus on pre-K and kindergarten readiness including the introduction of Waterford learning systems, in school and online.
As a member of the Monroe Education Foundation Board, he has always supported the Take Stock program, ensuring that the Monroe County School District continues as a reliable and dependable partner. Together, we have provided the resources and funding to improve college access for low income students, and he encouraged us to achieve record levels of Keys’ students participating in international immersive education in partnership with the Experiment in International Living.
Mark leaves us having attained an A rating for our district for the last two years while Take Stock has achieved record high school graduation, college enrollment and college graduation rates.
We wish him and his wife Jane — a Take Stock mentor — much happiness and good health in the next chapter of their lives. We all owe them a terrific debt of gratitude.
Bryan Green, president
Monroe County Education Foundation