DATE: March 5, 2018
Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell has been awarded the
2018 James Madison University Ronald E. Carrier Alumni Achievement Award
Vero Beach, FL, March 5, 2018—The School District of Indian River County is proud to announce that our Superintendent, Dr. Mark Rendell, has received his alma mater’s highest honor for Alumni achievement. James Madison University selected Dr. Rendell for the Ronald E. Carrier Award for Alumni Achievement. Dr. Rendell is a 1988 graduate of JMU. He has worked in public education for over 25 years in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. He has been happily married to Heidi Rendell, also a JMU Alum, for 27 years and they have three children. The award will be presented at a ceremony at the campus on March 16.
Dr. Rendell said, “I credit my experiences at James Madison University for shaping me as an educator and as a leader. It is an honor to receive an award associated with Dr. Carrier, who was the president of JMU when I attended. His positive influence on the students and the university was incredible. This is not a solo achievement. I have been fortunate to work with many extraordinary educators in my career and so this award reflects their contributions, as well.”
Dr. Rendell has served as Superintendent in Indian River County for the last three years. During that time, he has broadened the academic focus of the district to ensure that all students are provided a high-quality education. This has led to improved performance in several areas. For example, the graduation rate for all students has increased from 79% to 87%. The graduation rate for black students has risen from 65% to 80%, and for Hispanic Students from 79% to 86%. Dr. Rendell believes in opening the door to advanced courses for all students. The number of black students enrolled in advanced courses increased from 63 students in 2015, to 233 students this school year; and the number of Hispanic students enrolled in advanced courses has jumped from 136 students in 2015, to 536 students this school year. Dr. Rendell has also pushed staff to provide even more challenging programs and course offerings. For example, adding Aeronautical Studies, a dual enrollment program with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition, the district will be opening an expanded technical center in Gifford this fall that will offer construction trades courses, as well as a full set of medical studies courses, including Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN). In recognition of Dr. Rendell’s commitment to all students, he recently received the Navigator Award from the Treasure Coast Interagency Transitions Council for his support of programs for students with disabilities.
School District of Indian River County School Board Chairman, Mr. Shawn Frost, stated, “It doesn't surprise me that Dr. Rendell has been named to the list of distinguished alumni, because he certainly deserves the distinction, but I think it might be premature because I know he's going to do so much more to make his alma mater proud. Dr. Rendell's talent is only outpaced by his potential. This accolade is the latest in a series that prove what many of us know; that the district is blessed to have his capable leadership. I congratulate Dr. Mark Rendell on this recognition and wish him many successful returns.”