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Superintendent – E. 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 (SLPS). He made his positive mark early by spearheading the fourth largest 2016 graduation rate gain as the District leaped from 45th in the state to 13th and then continued record-breaking trends in 2017 with the District’s climb to 5th in the state. The graduation rate continues its ascent in 2021, landing the District at a historic overall rate of 94.5%, ranking SLPS 7th in the state out of 67 counties.

Under his leadership, there are no failing schools, and the School District’s academic achievement is ranked among the top one-third in Florida based upon its strong B rating. In fact, SLPS was ranked 1st in overall student academic growth from 2015 through 2019 for districts with more than 20,000 students. Likewise, the school district has increased the number of Career and Technical Education Industry Certifications earned by students from 989 in 2016 to 2607 in 2021, a stunning 164% increase over the past five years.

With a solid focus on student achievement to ensure that all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed, Superintendent Gent paved the way for the development of a data dashboard used by teachers and administrators to identify the individual needs of each child, every day. The educational value of this tool is recognized nationally, and St. Lucie Public Schools was named a District of Distinction. Similarly, the value he places on quality staff and commitment to a positive workplace has earned recognition for the District as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work for five consecutive years.

Superintendent Gent’s focus on continuous improvement, at all school sites, fueled the district’s desire to revitalize three schools in the north part of the county. The School District applied for and was awarded a federal Magnet School Assistance Program Grant (MSAP) of $12.5 million dollars in 2017. Today, those three schools, Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies, and Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy are thriving magnet schools. Their focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics have made them top choices for eager students from across the county and they are the pride of the community and the School District.

Superintendent Gent continues to build and strengthen partnerships with civic, business, and community groups in St. Lucie County. Those relationships and the belief by stakeholders that strong public schools improve the community at large, led to the district passing a one millage referendum in 2019. This effort, initiated and led by Superintendent Gent, supports the district’s efforts to recruit and retain high quality teachers/educational support staff by offering pay raises and competitive salaries, funds a school resource officer on every school campus, expands mental health services for students and preserves important school programs such as the Arts. The referendum was passed with an overwhelming majority of 66%.

Mr. Gent resides with his wife, Alicia, and enjoys frequent visits from his three grown children. He especially enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren whose youthful exuberance in all things keeps him active and young at heart.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent is a dedicated educator with acclaimed leadership experience in a variety of roles throughout his 40 plus years as an educator.

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Deputy Superintendent – Dr. 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. 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.

Recognized for his efforts to support positive school change, Dr. Prince worked as an assistant principal in urban and failing schools in both middle and high school. In 2003, he was appointed Principal at Verde Elementary in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2004, he was selected as the Principal for 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 working with struggling schools in Palm Beach County – primarily in Hispanic, African American, and Haitian communities.  All these schools showed improved academic student achievement and increased graduation rates through 2013.

In 2013, Dr. Prince accepted a position as Principal of Colonial High School in Orange County, Florida.  At the time, Colonial High was one of the largest comprehensive high schools in Florida.  In his first year at the school, Colonial High School had the largest gains in writing on the FCAT, improving proficiency from 36% to 70%, the largest improvement in the State.  The school also improved from a C-rated school to a B-rated school, having some of the largest gains in achievement in Orange County schools.  In his two years as principal, Dr. Prince increased the graduation rate from 80% in 2013 to 90% in 2015, an impressive achievement in such a short time.

In the summer of 2015, Dr. Prince accepted the position of Deputy Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools. He has assisted with orchestrating the Superintendent’s vision of accountability, high standards and rigor in our public schools. In six years, the District has soared from 45th to 28th in overall academic performance, while ranking as high as 22nd out of 67 districts as recently as 2018.  In addition, SLPS ranks in the top 10 in the State for graduation rate, improving from 75% to 95% over the last 6 years.  St. Lucie Public Schools is one of only 4 districts in Florida to maintain a graduation rate of over 90% for 5 consecutive years.

Dr. Prince resides with his wife, Heather and their youngest child Meredith, who is enrolled in St. Lucie Public Schools. His older children, Maverick, Zoe and AshLee, are either enrolled at or graduated from the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Central Florida, respectively. Dr. Prince is a proud advocate for public education, believing that equity and access to accelerated coursework will create a thriving community in St. Lucie County.

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