Superintendent – Wayne Gent Telephone: (772) 429-3925 Fax: (772) 429-3916
On July 1, 2015, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent returned to his deep educational roots in St. Lucie County to proudly serve as the instructional leader of St. Lucie Public Schools. He made his positive mark early on by spearheading the fourth largest 2016 graduation rate gain with an 11.35% growth, thus catapulting St. Lucie County from 45th to 13th in the state. As he completes his second year, the School District boasts a B rating with no failing schools and is the second highest ranking District on the Treasure Coast. With a positive climb in data across the board, all students benefit. Consistency across all subgroups depicts graduation increases of 14.1% for black students, 9.8% for Hispanic students, and 10.5% for white students.
Similar trends were realized during his superintendency in the Palm Beach County 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.
Superintendent Gent continues to build and strengthen partnerships with civic, business, and community groups in St. Lucie County. He is a dedicated educator who has served in a variety of roles in his 40 plus years as an educator.
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.