Hamilton County Superintendent of Schools Rex L. Mitchell, Hamilton County Development Authority Chairman Nathaniel Combass and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran at a state luncheon honoring the school districts’ Business Partners of the Year.

JASPER — The Hamilton County School District has named the Hamilton County Development Authority as its Business Partner of the Year as recognized by the Commissioner of Education and the Florida Department of Education.

Each year, school districts are invited to recognize a business or entity that has donated its resources to the school district to improve the educational program for the students in the district. At a luncheon held in Orlando on June 18, Nathaniel Combass, Chairman of the Development Authority board, received the award from Richard Corcoran, the state’s Commissioner of Education.

The Development Authority was honored by the school district for its help in forming a partnerships and assembling a committee, the Education and Economic Development Task Force, to assist the district in various improvement efforts. The task force includes Rex Mitchell, the superintendent of schools, and a team of his administrative staff as well as Combass and HCDA Executive Director Susan Ramsey. They meet monthly.

Some of the initiatives sponsored by the Development Authority this year were: the back-pack program (blessing bags filled with food for a family), first responder lunch weeks, a sub-committee for school safety, assistance for seniors testing fees, hosting a career fair at the high school with interviews on-site, sponsorship of the teacher of the year banquet, teacher onboarding goodie bags, sponsoring teacher/staff coffee stations at schools and many other projects are in the works.

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