School started this week, and our children are back after a summer of fun.
Our Everglades City School (Pre-K through 12th grade) has a new principal, Mr. Robert (Bob) Spano, who has over 20 years of experience as principal of various Collier County Schools. He has been teaching in this county since 1978 so we feel very fortunate to have Mr. Spano as our new principal. He also comes from a family of teachers, including one sister who teaches 1st grade, two brothers (one retired), two nieces, one nephew and his wife, Darlene, who is a kindergarten teacher at Osceola Elementary. Mr. Spano’s hobbies are hunting and fishing with his three sons and jogging.Our new Assistant Principal is James (Jim) Ragusa who grew up in Homestead. After HurricaneAndrew hit south Florida, Mr. Ragusa and his family moved to Lee County and eventually to Collier County in 1996. He has always been interested in student government since his first visit in high school to our Capitol in Washington, D.C. He has taught American Government and Economics and will now be the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at ECS.
We look forward to both Mr. Spano and Mr. Ragusa being a part of our community as well as the other new faculty and staff starting this month. Some of the new athletic programs being discussed are a new cross-county team for the boys and a new basketball team for the girls.
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 18 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.