Babcock Neighborhood School and Babcock High School are charter schools of choice located in Charlotte County, Florida. Founded by the Charter Application and Charter Bylaws, Babcock Schools are governed by the Babcock Schools Governing Board. Members have been recruited from a pool of local educational, business and community leaders. They meet every other month with upcoming meetings found below.
Our current board members are:
Tricia Duffy – Former Charlotte County Commissioner from 2006 to 2016, she received an MS in Healthcare Administration from College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois and a BA in Communications from Seton Hall Univ., So Orange, NJ. Tricia’s background also includes serving as Director of Senior Health Services at hospitals in Ft. Myers and Myrtle Beach, SC. She was also Director of Marketing at Bon Secours-St. Joseph Hospital in Port Charlotte and assisted businesses with TV advertising as an Account Executive with Comcast. She briefly taught English and Journalism at Charlotte HS in Punta Gorda.
Tom Hall – President of TLH Consulting Group LLC., providing non legal consulting services to people and entities doing business with the Florida Court System. Mr. Hall is also an appellate lawyer with Bishop & Mills (with offices in Jacksonville and Tallahassee) and handles appeals in all six of Florida’s appellate courts. He is also a Trustee of the Florida First Amendment Foundation and of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. Mr. Hall is former Clerk of the Court of the Florida Supreme Court. He also teaches extensively on a number of legal issues nationally and in Florida specifically on Florida’s Public Meeting and Open Records laws.
Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D. – Retired Superintendent of Schools for the School District of Lee County, Florida 2015 – 2021. Professional educator with the Lee County School District 1988 – 2021. Currently serves as President, Rotary Fort Myers East and as a member of the FGCU Agribusiness Advisory Committee. He and his wife are co-owner and operators of a small farm in Buckingham, Florida.
Natalie Bolton, Ph.D. – Associate Professor and Director of Quality Assurance for the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Education. Currently leads a $4 million grant to embed translational research related to the science of learning with post-doctoral fellows in St. Louis charter schools and other area public schools. Dr. Bolton works with schools and education organizations in the U.S. and internationally on designing and critiquing cognitive and affective assessments, developing and refining standards-based grading and reporting systems, conducting program evaluations, and supporting professional learning related to the science of learning and assessment literacy. She has prior experiences as a middle school teacher and assistant principal, state Social Studies Consultant, and Co-Director of a Center of Excellence in Education.
Robert Kenny, Ph.D. – Dr. Robert Kenny has a Ph.D. in Educational Media-Instructional Design from the University of Florida and has extensive experience in education, instructional design, and technology, working in K-12, community based educational organizations, industry, and community non-profits. Currently, he is Provost Professor serving as academic liaison to Babcock Ranch and formerly served as chair of graduate programs in the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. In recent years, he was named chair of the districtwide workforce and college readiness advisory task force in Collier County School and served on the district’s advisory board for their National Academy Foundation initiatives.
Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Kenny spent over 25 years in the computer software industry serving in various capacities in several vertical industry markets. In addition, he taught for over eight years in PK-12 and earned national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (Adolescent – Young Adult). Dr. Kenny is the author of two books on teaching television and media in a digital world is nationally known for teaching media literacy and production skills. He is an accomplished researcher with over 1,500 citations from and author of several publications in various top tier research journals. Dr. Kenny has lived in Babcock Ranch for the past three years with his wife, Alessandra.
Pursuant to 1002.33(7)(d)1., Florida Statutes, the Board will appoint a representative to facilitate parental involvement, provide access to information, assist with questions and concerns, and resolve disputes. The representative is Tom Hall, and he can be reached at [email protected]
System policies can be found within our school handbooks, policy forms, or by contacting the school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school first. If you would like to file a grievance, please view the policy and form below.
Public input is vital to the improvement of Babcock Neighborhood School, Inc. and because we value public input, all comments will be heard at the beginning of the meeting prior to action on agenda items. We welcome your remarks and request that they are delivered in a respectful manner. Board members, the Executive Director and staff will not respond to questions/comments or engage in dialogue during public comment but will only listen. This does not mean it is listened to with any less intensity or concern. We thank you for taking the time and having the concern to make our school better.
All citizens wishing to address the Governing Board must fill out an online request form prior to the start of board meeting with their name, address, contact information, and topic. Citizens will be called by the Chairman in the order the online forms were received. If a citizen is addressing the Governing Board via zoom, that individual’s camera must be turned on when speaking.
To allow for the fair and orderly expression of comments, please adhere to the following guidelines:
All speakers are asked to conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Please be polite and observe reasonable decorum while attending any meeting. Any individual who interferes with the orderly process of a Governing Board meeting is subject to removal from the meeting. All meeting minutes are public information.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any individual requiring special accommodations for this meeting may contact the School’s office at (239) 567-3043 prior to the date of scheduled meeting.