Bendross-Mindingall presented with 2013 Julia Tuttle Award

caines | 4/11/2013, 5:30 a.m.

On March 14th, School Board Member, Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall was awarded the Julia Tuttle Award for exemplary community service to the citizens of the City of Miami. Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho along with Mayor Tomas P. Regalado and the City of Miami commissioners were all on hand to congratulate the School Board Member. As a classroom teacher, principal, adult education administrator and public servant, Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall has made a lifetime of using education to unlock the doors of opportunity. She founded the first state-chartered male role model program in Florida. She has also opened a learning center within a Miami-Dade Housing project, designed to educate and provide opportunities for parents to get off of welfare. After serving as State Representative of District 109 of Florida she was elected to serve as the Miami-Dade County School [M-DCPS] Board Member for District 2 on Nov. 2, 2010. Since then she has proffered policy legislation that streamlined Minority/Women Business Enterprise [M/WBE] certification, improved safety on school buses, lead to M-DCPS absorption of Head-Start centers throughout the county, explored licensing and broadcasting avenues for M-DCPS and brought transparency to M-DCPS contract renewals and the 21st Century Schools General Obligation Bond, all while student performance in District 2 continues to rise. The Julia Tuttle Award is awarded to someone who exemplifies the unwavering support and workon behalf of the people of the City of Miami that is known of the Miami pioneer by the City of Miami, Commission on the Status of Women. Past winners include: Georgia Ayers, Dorothy Quintana, Jennifer Valoppi and Alberta Batchelor Blecke. Miami Times staff report