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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Lake Superintendent Diane Kornegay honored for leadership

Carman Cullen-Batt, executive director of the Educational Foundation of Lake County; School Board member Stephanie Luke; Superintendent Diane Kornegay; Communications Officer Sheri Owens; and School Board member Bill Mathias celebrate Diane’s win in Tampa.

Lake County Superintendent Diane Kornegay was recognized for her exemplary leadership by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) Wednesday 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 their superintendents and school board members for the 14th 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 Kornegay, community leaders cited her strong partnership with the Educational Foundation of Lake County and leadership with district-wide student impact initiatives.

“Ms. Kornegay respects our 30-year history of supporting and recognizing students and teachers and she has actively engaged us in district-wide initiatives to have even greater impact, seeing us as a valued partner in the district’s efforts to increase graduation rates and Career/Technical Education certifications,” Carman Cullen-Batt, executive director of the foundation, says in a press release. “She is actively engaged in our events and fundraising efforts and provides invaluable insights at our monthly foundation board meetings.”

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local 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.