Sparr Elementary serves approximately 400 students from the rural areas of Sparr and Citra communities. The school, located 10-15 miles north of Ocala, was constructed in 1964 and has 4 main buildings and 3 portables. The buildings include a cafeteria and a media center.
The school has two administrators: Principal, Gay Street, and Assistant Principal, Jennifer Sagendorph. The faculty consists of 18 teachers, 1 guidance counselor, 1 dean, 1 reading coach, 1 media specialist, and a part-time speech teacher. 85% of our faculty have bachelor’s degrees and 15% have master’s degrees. We have an additional 22 support staff employees, which includes office staff, teacher assistants, cafeteria, and custodial staff.
Sparr Elementary’s population is approximately 55% white, 39% African American, 4% multi-racial, and 2% Hispanic. The school has a fairly equal distribution of males and females. The school serves a number of students in special programs. Approximately 11% of our students are in the Exceptional Student Education program with 2% identified as gifted. Approximately 75% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. This qualifies Sparr Elementary as a Title 1 school wide project. Through our progress monitoring teams, Sparr Elementary aggressively addresses absenteeism and academic performance. This rural area has concerns that most communities have in our society. Sparr Elementary is a true community school. We will continue to work hard to meet the expectations set before us.