In order to continue to build and resource the Casselberry community, we would humbly ask that you click on the E Mail link here - CasselberryCommunityTaskForce@gmail.com. – and fill out the simple questions it asks about you.
A copy of the questions you’ll be asked and the information we are trying to gather can be found below!
Thank you for your interest in the Casselberry Community Task Force. We’d love for you to become more involved as we seek to address the needs of the hungry and homeless in our community. Below are some questions to help us understand your background and experience. Thank you for taking the time to let us know a little more about you!
1)How did you hear about the Casselberry Community Task Force?
2)What special gifts and talents do you have that can be of benefit to the Task Force?
3)What professional skills and services do you have that you can offer to the work of the Task Force?
4)What local organizations/community groups are you affiliated with?
5)As you understand the work of the Task Force, what areas of our work are you most passionate about?
Please return this form to AndyS@Alomazone.org or to Sandi Vidal, c/o Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Boulevard, Casselberry, FL 32707
Below are some documents that you can use to advocate for our schools. Please print the letters, sign them, and send them in. Please forward this link to your friends. The more people that can send in these letters, the better!
Click Below to view the PowerPoint shared this evening!
My name is Andy Searles. I have been a resident for over ten years; I am a parent of a child at CES, a pastor, a leader in the Community Task Force and a spokesman for the large number of people who want to keep Casselberry Elementary School open.
Last Sunday, it was brought to our attention that Casselberry Elementary is number three on the list of seven schools from which the School board is looking to close two. This is incredibly alarming. Our school has been able to position itself at the center of our city, primarily because of its excellent faculty, its involved parents and its supportive community
The criteria to close the school spans four areas. We lead the pack in three areas;
1)Student attendance – where we are just 3 students below the School boards break-even point of having 751 students.
2)Transportation – We only have 2 buses and 9 routes coming into and out of our school each day.
3)Absorption – We have the largest student population of those on the list to close and therefore to relocate our students is an enormous challenge.
The area that puts us at a disadvantage is the age of our school campus. As we look into the $11 million of capital expenses that the School Board believes we need, we strongly disagree with their assessment that the renovations that they listed are urgent, let alone necessary.
We believe that great communities like ours are built on great schools! The effects of our local elementary school closing will be devastating to all residents. Should the school close our youngest residents will be bussed to other cities, our ability to generate new revenue sources as a city will decrease, our housing taxes will inevitably increase, we’ll become less of an attractive place to live, and our community will lose what many believe to be its heart and soul. Our ability to thrive will be heavily impeded.
As members of this community we respectfully urge you, our city leaders, to advocate for us and with us as to how vital it is that our 51 year old school remains open. As residents we would be very disappointed if you did not do everything possible to advocate for our great and beloved school.
This evening we would like your verbal affirmation on the following;
1)Will you advocate vocally through letters, E Mails and calls to the School board about how vital it is that our school remains open?
2)Will you do all that you can to support any new legislation, on county and state levels, that generate more financial resources going towards our schools?
3)Will you seek to leverage the influence we have given you to aggressively advocate for Casselberry Elementary School?
4)Will you help us to communicate the “save our school” message using some of the existing communication mediums that you have within our city?
Casselberry is a fantastic place to live in and a great community to be a part of. We are grateful not only for your support, but for your leadership.
Thanks to our friends at Orlando Ale House who held a special party and raised over $1500 to help the work of the Task Force. We are so grateful for your support, care and creativity. Below are some pictures from the event!
Also – please remember that it’s not too late to give a tax deductible gift to the Task Force by clicking on the "Donate Now" button on the home page of this website!
Over the past week we have been inundated with gifts of food, clothing and money to help us to care for the needy children and families in our Casselberry schools. We have been so humbled by the efforts of local businesses and individuals who have stepped up to ensure that no child in our city need go without food, clothes, shelter and gifts this Christmas.
We want to say a specific, HUGE, thank you to UNITED AIRLINES and CENTURYLINK for their generous gifts towards the Care Cabin and our children. Your kindness reflects so well on your desire to make a difference in our community and within this world.
The above pictures show Dodie Stevens, Lisa Nichols, Mayor Glancy and school Principal, Sharon Stanley standing beside some of the food given by United Airlines and CenturyLink. We are so grateful for your continued support and partnership.