Welcome to a New School Year at Volusia County's Public Schools
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The FUTURES Foundation welcomes the following new members to its board of directors:
Larry Volenec, Florida Power & Light
Jeremy Hill, Bogin, Munns & Munns

   FUTURES Education Foundation

Established in 1985 to increase business and community involvement in public schools and to provide programs and activities beyond the financial capabilities of the school district, this nonprofit foundation is the only organization that provides assistance to all public schools in Volusia County.


Upcoming Events
FUTURES is rolling out its calendar for the 2010-2011 school year.
You can find it first at FUTURES' website,

Bookmark the FUTURES website and look for even more FUTURES news online in the coming months.

Welcome to a New School Year!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County public schools. Our goal this year is to help connect the business and civic community to our public schools through partnerships that are meaningful, mutually beneficial and long lasting.

This goal reflects the roots of our organization. FUTURES was formed by members of the business community, visionary leaders who knew that having a high quality public school system was vital to building a growing, thriving economy.

Your business can make the education connection in Volusia County through sponsorship of programs, classroom projects, tutoring grants and much more. Contact FUTURES Director Beth Butera to get involved.
For more information, visit our website or call Beth Butera at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730.
Business 2 Education Connection: Daytona Beach News-Journal and Progress Energy

How can FUTURES help your business or organization make a partnership connection? Consider the connection FUTURES facilitates for two local businesses.


The Daytona Beach News-Journal funds mini-grants for Volusia County teachers each year to provide additional class materials and resources for literacy programs. This partnership encourages journalism skills and the importance of newspaper readership to students and teachers alike.
Progress Energy funds FUTURES grants for schools to encourage math and science education with an emphasis on those that include energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental education. By providing funding for educational enrichment in these areas, Progress Energy encourages students to enter math, science, technology and engineering fields, planting the seeds to grow a future workforce for the energy industry.

FUTURES Welcomes New Teachers

 Teachers new to Volusia County Schools got a warm welcome on August 5th at Mainland High School thanks to FUTURES Foundation. The Foundation held its annual New Teacher Breakfast, an event FUTURES has been hosting for over 20 years, with the support of this year's sponsors Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Keiser University and Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union.

The 150 enthusiastic new teachers were welcomed by FUTURES President Rosaria Upchurch, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Smith, Volusia County Schools Chairperson Candace Lankford and Teacher of the Year Kristen Kuches of Heritage Middle School. Jostens, Inc. representatives Ryan Comparato and Paul Pope presented Kristen Kuches with a Teacher of the Year ring recognizing her outstanding achievement. 

Principal of the Year and Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

The School District of Volusia County and FUTURES Foundation surprised several Volusia County educators and school staff in August with awards recognizing their talents and dedication.

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Julie Johnson, principal of Tomoka and Ormond Beach elementary schools, was named the 2010 Elementary Principal of the Year.

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Vickie Presley, principal of Campbell Middle School, received the 2010 Secondary Principal of the Year award. 

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Bonnie Turner, Office Specialist I at Enterprise Elementary School, was named the 2010 Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award winner. The awards are co-sponsored by Volusia County Schools, FUTURES Foundation and the Civic League of the Halifax Area, Inc.  The purpose of the awards is to honor outstanding leadership and service by school level administrators.