Superintendent – Wayne Gent
Telephone: (772) 429-3925
Fax: (772) 429-3916
Superintendent – Wayne Gent
On July 1, 2015, E. Wayne Gent returned to his deep educational roots in St. Lucie County to proudly serve as the Superintendent for St. Lucie Public Schools. Prior to assuming this leadership role, he successfully led the Palm Beach County School District as Superintendent for four years during which time great strides were realized in graduation rates, student achievement, community support, and state standings as a student-focused and quality-rich school district.
Under Superintendent Gent’s leadership, Palm Beach constantly ranked as the highest performing urban district in the state, and in 2015 Palm Beach County School District was one of only two A-rated urban districts in Florida. Furthermore, under his leadership, graduation rates increased each year culminating in 2014 with an impressive 85% rate for traditional schools. Reflecting more closely on the advancement in achievement for all groups, graduation rates among Hispanic and Black students also increased. Specifically, in 2015 the graduation rate for Black students increased over 4% from the 2014 rate.
In addition to these landmark accomplishments, he effectively built and strengthened partnerships with civic, business, and community groups during his tenure as the Superintendent. He led the successful effort to pass a quarter mill referendum with 79% of the community’s support. Prior to this, in 2004, Superintendent Gent was responsible for leading the District’s campaign for voter approval of a half-cent sales tax which resulted in the construction of new schools and the modernization of the majority of existing schools.
Mr. Gent is a dedicated educator who has served in a variety of roles including: teacher, coach, principal, State’s Principal in Residence, Area Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Support, and Chief Officer of Administration. He graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia.
Deputy Superintendent – Jon Prince
Telephone (772) 429-3900
Fax (772) 429-3907
Dr. Jon Prince grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education, and he is in his twenty-fourth year of public education. After a year of teaching elementary school, Dr. Prince moved to Palm Beach County and taught middle school science. He completed his Specialist’s Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University in 2002. Dr. Prince worked as an assistant principal supporting positive change in urban and failing schools in both middle and high school. In 2003, Dr. Prince was appointed principal at Verde Elementary in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2004, Dr. Prince was selected as principal at Palm Beach Gardens High School, a large failing urban school in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2005, the school emerged a “B” and Dr. Prince was recognized by the State as one of the Turnaround Principals of the Year.
Dr. Prince continued his work in urban schools from 2005-2013 and has worked in struggling schools primarily in Hispanic, African-American, and Haitian communities, all with improved academic achievement and increased graduation rates. In June of 2013, Dr. Prince accepted a position as principal of Colonial High, one of the largest high schools in Florida, with a population of 3,500 students of mostly Hispanic heritage. In his first year there, Colonial High had the largest improvement in writing achievement in the State and improved in all State-measured achievement areas. In reading, students scored at the highest proficiency levels in the history of the school. Most importantly, the graduation rate improved substantially, increasing from 73% to 85% from 2013-2015.
In the summer of 2015, Dr. Prince accepted the position of Deputy Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools with the goal of becoming part of a tight knit community and improving student achievement in many schools. Dr. Prince has recently moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida with his wife Heather and his children, Maverick and Meredith, both of whom attend St. Lucie Public Schools. Dr. Prince has two older daughters, Zoe and AshLee, who soon will be off to college. Dr. Prince is also an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University where he trains future administrators.