District Nominee Wins Florida Commissioner’s Business Award

The Walton County School District honored the St. Joe Foundation as a winner of the 2020 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award.  The award is sponsored by the Florida Department Of Education in partnership with the Florida Education Foundation and acknowledges Florida businesses in partnerships that forge commitments to enhance education in their area and provide extraordinary contributions to schools and their students. 

St. Joe Community Foundation awarded approximately $227,000 for the opening of Walton’s Magnet Innovation Center (MIC) at St. Joe Watersound and provided the facilities where the program is housed. In addition, St. Joe invested $50,000 for books and technology to our newest elementary school, Dune Lakes. Walton County School District’s partnership with St. Joe helped our students place at Odyssey of the Mind and win first place at the Lego League competitions.

St. Joe is one of only 5 businesses in Florida selected for this prestigious award.  The St. Joe Foundation’s work within Walton County School District was detailed in a grant and submitted to the review committee resulting in the agreement of FLDOE and the Florida Education Foundation that St. Joe’s support in Walton County clearly defines them as advocates of education.  Because the District’s nominee was a winner, Walton County School District was granted $5,000 to continue enhancing the learning environments for Walton County students.  

The School Board and Superintendent Hughes presented St. Joe representative Bridget Precise, Senior Vice President, Residential Real Estate with the Commissioner’s Business Award Certificate, signed by Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Mr. Richard Corcoran.  Thank you St. Joe for your continued support and congratulations!