Welcome to Equity and Compliance

  • Mission Statement

    Equity Assurance To provide technical assistance to the Marion County School District regarding compliance with federal civil rights laws, the Florida Educational Equity Act, and school board policies in governance of providing equal opportunity in employment, educational programs, services, and activities for all.

    Statement of Nondiscrimination Policy

    The Marion County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race (including anti-Semitism), ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability (including HIV, AIDS, or sickle cell trait), pregnancy, religion, marital status, age (except as authorized by law), military status, ancestry, or genetic information, which are classes protected by State and/or Federal law (collectively, "protected classes")  in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices as required by Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Age Discrimination Act of 1967, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Florida Educational Equity Act of 1984. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation. The District also provides equal access to its facilities for the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

    Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment may be sent to the below designated personnel at 1614 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34471.  Retaliation against an individual who files a report is also prohibited.

    ADA, Employee Title IX Coordinator, and Equity Compliance:
    Dawana Gary, Ed.S., Director of Equity and Compliance
    Phone: (352) 671-7711; Email address: Dawana.Gary@marion.k12.fl.us

    Section 504 Compliance:
    Anne Howie, M.A.Ed., Coordinator I of ESE Curriculum
    Phone: (352) 671-6832; Email address: Anne.Howie@marion.k12.fl.us

    Title IX Student Grievances/Complaints:
    Ann Hembrook, Ed.D., Sr. Executive Director, Student Pathways
    Phone: (352) 236-0562; Email address: Ann.Hembrook@marion.k12.fl.us

    Our Areas of Expertise