Marion County Public Schools, Florida
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Last rated March 5th, 2013.
- School board members are listed with contact information.
- Administrative officials listed with contact information under respective department. 
- Meeting minutes and agendas are available  ; both are archived for five years.
- Academic guidance and performance reports are provided.
- Budgets, including revenue information, and audit reports are published. Budgets and audits are archived for twelve years 
- Information on how to make public records requests is posted.  There is a page dedicated to explaining Marion County PS's dedication to transparency; it specifically mentions its winning multiple Sunny Awards
- Union and vendor contracts are posted and are easily accessible. Pay scales are posted as well
- School board policy outlines background check and certification policy for employees.
- Millage information is provided, as are some revenues/expected revenues from taxes, but other tax rates and revenues are not provided (see pages 1-3, 17, and 19).
The school board controls school property, establishes, organizes, and operates the schools of the district, including: establishing schools, adopting enrollment plans, providing for school elimination and consolidation, cooperating with school boards of adjoining districts in maintaining schools, maintaining the school year schedule and other more specific duties as outlined in the Florida statute.
It operates, controls and supervises the district's public schools as well as determines the rate of school district taxes, with the option of two or more school districts operating and financing educational programs together.
Marion County school district currently retains $338,100,000 for its general operations budget, a total which is compiled from adding together other groupings of budgetary needs, which are:
- Instruction: $161,905,000
- Teacher Salaries: $103,242,000
- Pupils: $18,536,000
- Total Support Services: $109,437,000
Furthermore, there are currently 42,035 students enrolled in the school district.
Below is a chart of the school's grade based on the student's performance of the statewide test called the FCAT. To see results, click "show".
|School||Level||Grade: 2007-08||Grade: 2008-09|
|College Park Elementary||Elementary||B||B|
|Dr N.H. Jones Elementary||Elementary||A||A|
|East Marion Elementary||Elementary||A||A|
|Eighth Street Elementary||Elementary||A||A|
|Emerald Shores Elementary||Elementary||C||C|
|Fort King Middle||Middle||A||A|
|Fort McCoy School||Combination||B||A|
|Francis Marion Military Academy||High||NA||NA|
|Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary||Elementary||B||A|
|Harbour View Elementary||Elementary||A||A|
|Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks||Elementary||NA||C|
|Howard Middle School||Middle||A||A|
|Lake Weir High||High||B||C|
|Lake Weir Middle School||Middle||B||B|
|Liberty Middle School||Middle||B||A|
|Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts||Elementary||A||A|
|Marion Charter School||Elementary||C||A|
|McIntosh Area Charter School||Elementary||NA||C|
|North Marion High||High||B||D|
|North Marion Middle School||Middle||B||C|
|Ocala Springs Elementary||Elementary||A||A|
|Shady Hill Elementary||Elementary||A||A|
|South Ocala Elementary||Elementary||A||A|
|West Port High||High||C||B|
|Wyomina Park Elementary||Elementary||A||A|
Chris Altobello currently serves as President.
MEA describes its function on its website, stating, "MEA works diligently to improve professional compensation and protecting our members' rights through expert collective bargaining, grievance processing and political action. At the same time, we are strong advocates for professionalism in education. Thus, we offer training, seminars and workshops, as well as up-to-the-minute information on the constantly changing demands and requirements of our profession."
- Main article: Florida government sector lobbying
Taxpayer-funded lobbying (Sunshine Review) is the practice of government entities using public funds to lobby. This occurs at all levels of government: it can be at the federal level or occur at local level with cities and counties, for example. These activities are hard to track because of the broad nature of lobbying, among other reasons. The issues lobbied for by governments can be diverse, but school lobbying typically deals with issues close to the school district or school board.
In July 2009, Sunshine Review submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to the 27 Florida school districts with lobbyists registered for 2009 with the Florida legislature. The results of the information requests are included in Florida school districts lobbying totals. (For information on the project or to start your own, see the project page.) The school district received the FOIA request on July 27, and sent a response letter postmarked August 11. The district asked for $242.64 for the request. 
Marion County Public Schools has been represented by the lobbying firm Mixon & Associates since at least 2006.
For the 2006-2007 period, the school district had a contract with the firm for $20,000.
Payments made to Mixon & Associates for the contract terms total $19,999.92 for this period.
The contract with the firm for 2007-2008 was for $20,000. 
Between March 1, 2008 and February 28, 2009, Marion County schools had a contract with Mixon & Associates for $20,000.
For 2009-2010, the district has an agreement with the firm for $20,000. 
|Contract start||Contract end||Amount|
Marion County Public Schools has a contract with its lobbying firm for $20,000 for 2009-2010.
- Marion County School District official website
- School Finder - Marion County
- Local School Directory - Marion County
- School Matters - Marion County
- Board Members
- Guidance and Testing
- Archived Budgets and Audits
- Records Requests
- Public Relations
- Rumor Control
- Union Contracts
- Vendor Contracts
- Pay Scales
- Employment policies
- [http://www.marion.k12.fl.us/dept/fin/extra/file/2011-2012_Final%20Budget_Ltr%20Size.pdf Budget FY011-12
- School board powers and duties, Florida statute
- Marion County School District Information
- Florida School Accountability Reports
- Marion Education Association
- MEA Leadership Team
- MEA Who We Are
- Online Sunshine - Lobbying Information
- Marion FOIA response
- Florida Executive — 2009 Registrations By Principal Name
- Florida Legislature — 2009 Registrations By Principal Name
- Florida School Boards Association members list
- Payments to Mixon & Associates, 2006-2007
- Payments and contract to Mixon & Associates
- Payments and contract, Mixon & Associates, 2009-2010