District Support Services
The District Support Services Division is committed to supporting "Student Success!" We will rise above our highest expectation to provide quality services and products. Teamwork is our Motto. Working together we can make a difference.
We are comprised of several departments:
The Food and Nutrition Services Department "Champ’s Cafe" Team is dedicated to serving well-balanced nutritious meals for all our students to refuel for learning. Serving over 5000 breakfasts and 10,900 lunches daily, more than 2,800,000 meals are served annually making the Champ’s Cafe Team the largest restaurant chain in Charlotte County. Staff safely prepare and serve healthy USDA meals to meet the nutritional needs of our students at our 20 Champ’s Café sites. Eighteen of our schools serve both breakfast and lunch for free to all students as part of the USDA’s CEP, Community Eligibility Program. All 20 schools have a Team Nutrition group comprised of students who provide feedback to the Champ’s Café manager, test new products, learn about food safety and how meals are produced in a commercial kitchen. All ten elementary schools are silver or gold Healthy US Challenge Schools, indicating high participation in the meals program as well as meeting USDA criteria for excellence in school nutrition.
Terri Whitacre, Director
941-575-5400 Ext. 108
The Maintenance and Operations Department is comprised of several sub-departments and is responsible for maintaining our school facilities and equipment. The M&O team maintains approximately 3,207,415 square feet of educational facilities and 503 acres. The construction team has been tasked with remodeling, renovations and new construction. This extraordinary team has completed over $422,417,853 in projects since 2000. Printing services for the District are provided by the Print Shop which averages 12,000,000 impressions annually. The M&O team is also responsible for our energy management program. Our energy team, with the help of each and every staff and student in our district, has reduced our utility costs by $17,796,100 in the first eleven years of the program. The District is an ENERGY STAR Partner and has been awarded forty-six (46) ENERGY STAR plaques for energy efficiency by the Department of Environmental Protection (EPA). Eight schools and two ancillary buildings have been recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Within the Maintenance and Operations Department is the Special Projects Technology Repair Department which provides services and repairs on a multitude of equipment such as but not limited to computers/hardware, audio visual equipment, Audio Enhancement systems, security cameras, Promethean boards, TV studios and much more throughout the district.
Billy Williams, Director
941-575-5400 Ext. 116
The Maintenance & Operations Printing services for the District are provided by the Print Shop which averages 12,000,000 impressions annually.
The Purchasing Department provides our schools and ancillary departments with everything from computers and professional services to furnishing entire new schools. They are responsible for 83 quotes, bids and proposals annually and process 1,520 purchase orders annually. The Purchasing team assures Charlotte County Public Schools receives the best available products and prices. The Warehouse team travels approximately 54,350 miles annually delivering over 18,800 cases of supplies to our facilities and 73,600 cases of food supplies to our school cafeterias. The Property Records team is responsible for inventorying over $46,510,762 of equipment. They are also responsible for the disposal of surplus items through the District's surplus store, surplus sales bids and recycling; additionally, they will collect over $92,700 in surplus sales conducted in its Surplus Store, on-line auctions and recycling. These funds go directly back into our District’s general fund to support education. On-line auctions are conducted on www.PublicSurplus.com.
Greg Herlean, Director
941-575-5400 Ext. 123
The Transportation Department’s mission: “To ensure that each Charlotte County Public School student eligible for transportation is positive and ready to succeed by providing safe, equitable, and on-time transportation services.” While the number of buses varies daily, on average 85 buses travel more than 1,700,000 miles annually. On any given day, 6300 students are transported to and from school, making 1,479 stops every morning and 1,564 stops every afternoon. The Transportation team is also responsible for ensuring that our entire fleet of school buses, service vehicles and district passenger vehicles are inspected regularly, maintained and running smoothly.
Tony Conte, Director
941-575-5432 Ext. 161
Charlotte County Public Schools
1445 Education Way
Port Charlotte, FL 33948