School Board member Santos participates in Florida City Student Success Summit

M-DCPS School Board member Luisa Santos, District 9, participated in the Florida City Student Success Summit, a joint effort between the Carrie P. Meek Foundation and the City of Florida City, on Oct. 27.

The event, co-hosted by Santos and Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace, brought together a wide array of community leaders and organizations united with the common goal of finding student-centered solutions to critical issues affecting students’ education such as academic performance, mental health, and absenteeism.

The event also included a discussion panel with the participation of Santos; Mayor Wallace; Cathy Berry, executive director of the Center for Virtual Community Advancement; Belinda Gordon-Battle, president/Clinical Therapist of BGB Counseling Services LLC, and Jennifer Johnson, director of Future Leaders of Tomorrow Academy, alongside student representation from Homestead Senior High School.

“Community support and engagement are critical to the success of our students,” Santos said. “Everyone participating in this summit wants to see our student achieve their full potential and lead lives of purpose, for their own good and the good of the community. I would like to thank the Carrie Meek Foundation for their investment in our South Dade Community.”

Additionally, during the event Santos presented Homestead Senior High School student Janiya Baker with a proclamation in recognition of the historic academic accomplishment that took her from being a high school freshman to becoming a high school senior in one academic year.

For more information about the Office of School Board Member Luisa Santos and future events, visit or reach out to Katherine Leiva, chief of staff, at 305-995-1334.




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