For over 100 years the nation, the city of New York, and the state of Florida have all benefited from my family’s long and rich tradition of public service. My Grandfather was a NYC firefighter; my Uncle and Cousin were veterans of the NYPD. My father, a veteran of three wars, served this nation for over twenty-three years while another uncle served his country as a Special Agent for the FBI.
I decided to enter this School Board race in order to make a difference and to serve the community in which I have lived since 1966. I offer a proven record of accomplishment and service as an instructional leader. In 2006 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Quality Assurance review team said of my leadership at Freedom High School, “Mr. Bartels is a highly qualified, strong and decisive individual with a vision for academic excellence.”
I am a native of Brooklyn New York; the son of a career serviceman, I lived in the Far East for five years. I attended military dependent schools in Japan and Okinawa, as well as public schools in Pennsylvania and Texas.
I earned my bachelors (BA) degree from the University of Tampa and my masters (MA) degree from the University of South Florida. I did additional graduate work at USF earning certification in Educational Leadership.
For nearly fourteen years I taught a myriad of Social Studies courses in the Hillsborough County Schools. In 1984 I was appointed Dean of Students at East Bay High School. Three years later, I was selected to become the first Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Bloomingdale High School. The then Superintendent, Dr. Earl Lennard, asked me to transfer to King High School, where I was appointed to the principalship.
During the 1,000 days that I served as Principal, King High School accomplished the following:
1) Newsweek ranked King as one of the top 100 schools in the nation.
2) Our school grade improved from a “C” to an “A” in 2001.
3) Additional Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses were added and the curriculum was strengthened.
4) Daily student attendance improved from 86% to 93%.
5) A Naval JROTC program was established
6) Enrollment in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program increased with 78% of IB graduates earning an IB diploma.
In 2002 I was selected to become the charter principal of Freedom High School. During my tenure Freedom accomplished the following:
1) Newsweek ranked us as one of the top schools in the Nation.
2) Our school grade improved from a “B” to an “A” in 2008.
3) Twenty Advanced Placement (AP) courses were offered.
4) A Naval JROTC program was established.
5) Freedom’s school newspaper was selected as the best HS paper in the Southeast.
6) 10 Million dollars in academic, athletic, and Performing Arts scholarships were awarded in 2008.
The only problem I see with the Bartels candidacy is that he was part of the school system while the board and Dr. Earl the Pearl were savaging Mr. Erwin for asking them to do something about the crime he had discovered emanating from ROSSAC. Mr. Erwin got no support from anybody in the schools. Members of the school family were scared to utter a peep of protest or to contact Mr. Erwin and at least give him verbal support. Courage is the least prominent virtue of the human race. After spending my professional life in colleges and universities, I can attest that high intelligence does not equate to high courage. The good news, however, is that without any inside support, Mr. Erwin won his whistleblower law suit against the schools, got $165,000 for the board's and the Pearl's crimes against him--paid by the taxpayers, of course, and escaped to the arcadian fields of bliss in South Georgia.
Tiger Bay kicked me out for asking harsh questions of the pols who showed up and for being "unladylike." lee