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Marion County School Board Member Beth McCall Receives STAR Award


Mary Chance, president

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations



Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC

MCPS Public Relations Director

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McCall STAR Award Photo

 Marion County School Board Member Beth McCall and Fraser MacKechnie, representing Amscot Financial





TAMPA - Marion County School Board Member Beth McCall was among two statewide school district leaders in Florida recognized for their exemplary leadership by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) December 3 at the 74th Annual Joint Conference of Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents held in Tampa. 


Local education foundations from throughout the state nominated superintendents and school board members for the 13th annual awards. Nominees were reviewed by other education foundation directors in the state and rated for their leadership and involvement with their local education foundation.


In nominating McCall, community leaders cited her history with the Public Education Foundation of Marion County since it started more than 30 years ago and how she remains a strong advocate for the non-profit organization and its efforts to enhance education in Marion County public schools.


“Beth and her husband, Wayne, joined other like-minded community members to form our organization more than 30 years ago and she served as a founding volunteer board member,” said Judi Zanetti, current executive director of the foundation.


“She went on to be executive director for six years and has been an invaluable mentor and supporter to me since I took the helm in 2012.  She remains active today – there is no task too big or too small for her to take on, and she is a tireless advocate for our work throughout the community,” Zanetti added.


“We think it’s important to celebrate the school district leaders who make it a priority to foster private-sector support of public education through their local education foundations,” said Mary Chance, CFEF president. 


“This year’s recipients are outstanding examples of the many individuals who advocate for our local education foundations and help us raise more than $65 million annually to support our students, teachers and schools.”


The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing business and community investment and involvement in public education.

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