School District Announces Commissioners Business Recognition Award Nominees

The Okaloosa County School District (OCSD) is pleased to announce its nominees for the 2015 Commissioners Business Recognition Awards Program.  The Commissioner's Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) was established in 1987 by the Florida Commissioner of Education. This program recognizes businesses from around the state of Florida that have shown the most commitment, creativity and innovation in bringing about positive change to schools and school districts.

The honorees are selected by each school district, based on the significant impact the business partnership had on the students in a particular K-12 public school or district wide. The recognition by the district and the Commissioner instills a sense of pride and accomplishment that makes businesses more likely to continue partnering with the schools in their area.  This year's Commissioner's Business Recognition event is being held on June 9th in Tampa, Florida.

The OCSD has nominated the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation and the Chick-fil-A franchises in Niceville and Fort Walton Beach for their service to the school district.

Air Force Museum Foundation

“The Okaloosa County School District is thankful for the contributions made by the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation in advancing the educational opportunities for STEM education by providing funding and academic support from contributors such as AFRL, NDEP, local businesses and defense contractors, UWF, Embry Riddle, NWFSC and the Doolittle Institute,” said Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson.

Over 6,000 Okaloosa County elementary and middle school students have participated in the Engineers for America (EFA) Program, which is specifically designed to motivate young students towards STEM type careers.

To learn more about the EFA Program, click here

Pictured left to right: School Board Member Melissa Thrush, Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson, Okaloosa STEMM Academy Principal Wanda Avery, Armament Museum Foundation Member Maj Gen Robert Chedister (ret.), Okaloosa STEMM Academy Assistant Principal Neely Calhoun, and Armament Museum Foundation Executive Director Paul Maryeski.

Niceville Chick-fil-A

The Okaloosa County School District is grateful for the innumerable contributions made by Chick-fil-A Niceville.  As a valued business partner, Chick-fil-A's sponsorship of sports, teacher and principal events, parent organizations and a variety of student activities through fundraising support has dramatically impacted school programs and district events.  Chick-fil-A Niceville wholeheartedly embodies the company’s foundational commitment of service to community.

Pictured from left back:  Program Director of Community Affairs Henry Kelley, Assistant Superintendent Marcus Chambers, Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson, and Chuck Turner, Assistant Manager Chick-fil-A Niceville.  In front are three proud Chick-fil-A employees.

Fort Walton Beach Chick-fil-A

The Okaloosa County School District is grateful for the innumerable contributions made by Chick-fil-A Beal Parkway.  As a valued business partner, Chick-fil-A's sponsorship of sports, teacher and principal events, parent organizations and a variety of student activities through fundraising support has dramatically impacted school programs and district events.  Chick-fil-A Beal Parkway wholeheartedly embodies the company’s foundational commitment of service to community.

Pictured left to right:  Assistant Superintendent Marcus Chambers, Chick-fil-A Beal Parkway owner/operator Matthew Sexton, Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson and Program Director, Office of Community Affairs Henry Kelley.