News from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Public Schools
Celebrating 25 Years of Support for Volusia County Public Schools
Volusia County Schools

Volusia County Schools


  FUTURES Education Foundation
FUTURES was 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. FUTURES is the only nonprofit foundation that provides assistance to all public schools in Volusia County.


FUTURES Education Foundation

FUTURES thanks Regents Club member FPL. Visit FPL online.   FPL is a long-time supporter of Volusia County public schools and FUTURES!




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FUTURES thanks Chancellor's Club members Consolidated Tomoka,  Embry-Riddle Athletics and Tietjen Technologies Inc. Visit them online!

FUTURES thanks Presidents Club members Checkered Flag, Fletch Ed Services, Radiology Associates and USTA.



Upcoming Events

10/20 Board Meeting, 7:30 a.m.Facilities Conference Rm

10/21 Take Stock Leadership Council, 8 a.m. Facilities Conference Rm

10/26-27 MiniGrant Judging

11/4Tomorrow's Leaders Seminar-Health Care & Social Services

11/10 Teacher of the Year Reception, 4 p.m. LPGA Clubhouse

11/17 FUTURES Board Meeting, 7:30 a.m. Brown & Brown

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New Club Member Benefits

FUTURES has a new level of Club Membership that delivers all-inclusive benefits. The Regents Membership ($5,000 annually) ensures that your business receives sponsorship benefits for all the Foundation's events and programs. Regents Club members are also featured in our monthly enews. Contact Beth Butera, FUTURES Director, for more information at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730.
Teachers are the Foundation of Volusia County Schools
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Each of Volusia County's public schools has completed the process to select its Teacher of the Year. The 70 winners, chosen by their peers, are nominated to compete for the honor of Volusia County School District's 2012 Teacher of the Year,  a program sponsored each year by FUTURES and the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce 


Teacher of the Year nominees will be honored at a reception on Wednesday, November 10. The 2012 district Teacher of the Year winner will be announced at a celebration on Friday, February 4.  We're still looking  for support from businesses and organizations to make this year's Teacher of the Year program a success.  Simply contact me to get involved.

Beth Butera
Director, FUTURES Inc.
386.255.6475 ext. 50730

Local Business Leaders Experience a Day in the Life of Volusia County Schools
In September, seven business and community leaders spent a day shadowing an administrator in Volusia County Schools through FUTURES Educator Intern program. They shared their experiences and provided feedback after the experience. 

Brad Gordner of the Daytona Beach News-Journal spent the day shadowing Carl Persis, principal of Ormond Beach Middle School. Brad said the highlight of his day was seeing how smoothly the construction at the 50-year-old school campus was progressing and how professionally the experienced staff interacted with the middle school students. 
From left Russ Tysinger, director of facilities maintenance, Brad Gordner and Carl Persis, OBMS principal, tour construction at the middle school.


Heather Vargas, Cobb & Cole spent her day with Creekside Middle School Principal Karen Beattie and her staff. Heather was pleasantly surprised to see Principal Beattie's frequent interaction with students, including participating in a dance class during physical education. She noted the strong school culture that exists at Creekside as a positive and says she learned a lot about the school's security planning.   


Heather Vargas visits a classroom at Creekside Middle.


FUTURES will host another session of Educator Intern Feb. 23-25, 2011. If you are interested in taking part, contact Beth Butera at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730.


Teen Clothes and Accessory Exchange

Shop 'til you drop and support the Take Stock in Children scholarship program at the same time. Come to the Teen Clothes and Accessory Exchange Friday, Nov. 12, 7-10 p.m. at University High School, 1000 Rhode Island Ave., Orange City. Admission is $10 for teens and adults are FREE! Bring 5 items of clothing or accessories to swap for items that are "new to you." Plus get fashion advice and mini makeovers. Entertainment, games, prizes and more!  For more information, contact Sheila Rees, Take Stock fund raiser, at 255-6475 ext. 50724 or

Volusia County Superintendent Appointed to Florida Task Force

Governor Crist recently appointed Dr. Margaret Smith to Florida's Task Force on Educational Excellence, which will operate as an advisory body and make recommendations to the Governor and State Board of Education. The primary focus of the task force will be on student and teacher evaluation, as well as rewarding compensation for Florida's best teachers. The group has 21 members representing school board members, superintendents, teachers, principals and others.