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Principal's Message

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

It is with honor and great pleasure that I greet you as the new Principal of Volusia County Schools Alternative Education.  I am humbled and most appreciative of the opportunity to become a member of this educational family.

I have been privileged to have spent 25 amazing years, as an educator working with students from the elementary, middle and high schools, and even collegiate levels. The first eight years were as the Campbell Middle School Director of Bands. The next 12 years were as the Mainland High School & Holly Hill Middle Director of Bands and also as an Assistant Principal.  The Volusia County Schools Principal Internship Program led me to additional outstanding experiences, which included Ormond Beach Middle School, Champion & Ormond Beach Elementary Schools, and finally Creekside Middle School.

Along with staff, I will work hard to provide a most rewarding educational experience, through academic growth, building strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and community partners.  We will continue to focus on student achievement, perhaps character education initiatives, 21st Century skills, fostering a nurturing safe environment for children, use of data to inform instruction, and providing exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students.

I anticipate a most successful year as "Team Alternative Education" takes on the quest of providing the academic, social, and emotional growth for your child here during their VCS Alternative Education experience.

As a reminder, the first day of school is Monday, August 24, 2015.  I look forward to working with you and your child.

In Partnership Always,


Jerry L. Picott, Ed.D.


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