Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Clarke, an educator with more than 25 years of experience, will join the Business Community for a conversation on Tuesday, January 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Clarke, raised in Alachua County, will talk about her goals and challenges facing the school system from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, located at 201 SE 2nd Ave #102, Gainesville, FL 32601.
Clarke, educated by Alachua County Public Schools, Santa Fe College, and the University of Florida, is a lifelong resident of Alachua County and understands the challenges facing the students of Alachua County. Clarke’s Goals and Objectives for the 2017-18 school year include:
1. Raising achievement for all students, with an emphasis on closing the achievement gap.
2. Increasing diversity in hiring.
3. Addressing district’s facility’s needs.
Clarke has implemented strategies and programs to better achieve these three goals and worked with the community to increase and maintain these goals for Alachua County. The Chamber’s Putting Children First Infrastructure Investment Initiative, called i3, is a year-long citizen-driven effort led by a 10-member steering committee of community leaders who researched infrastructure needs in Alachua County. The chief recommendation is to support the School Board of Alachua County’s half-cent sales tax initiative in 2018 to fund infrastructure repairs to area schools. Karen is passionate about education and has worked with the Chamber’s Alachua County Education Compact.
Karen was the chair of the Chamber’s Alachua County Education Compact Strategy Development Committee, leading the group of volunteer educators and business professionals in the development of the six strategies for the Compact. The Chamber invites the business community to come out and meet and greet our Superintendent, Karen Clarke.