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Pace Brantley School Opens New Building: Special Guests Share in Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House Celebration.

Longwood, FL, May 07, 2010 --( Pace Brantley School will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 16, 2010 at 1:00pm for their new, 1.5 million dollar, state-of-the-art, 12 classroom building. This building will house the middle and high school classrooms, a science lab and clinic. Joining Pace Brantley families for this event will be the Mayor of Longwood, John C. Maingot and Senator Scott Plakon. Both will be speaking at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Immediately following the Ceremony, Pace Brantley will be hosting an Open House until 3:00pm. The Open House will highlight student activities such as science, National Honor Society, Leadership, drama, music, art, international travel, and READing Paws.

This event will be held on the Pace Brantley School campus located at 3221 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, Florida 32779.

About Pace Brantley School

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Our History:
Pace Brantley School was founded in 1972 by Mary E. Dunn for students grades 1-12 with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

Our Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide an atmosphere where all students can learn and advance in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our Philosophy
Pace Brantley School believes that learning disabilities should carry no stigma:
- That if children are treated with dignity and respect they will feel positive about themselves;
- That once they feel positive about themselves they will find that they can be more successful;
- That with individual help and freedom from pressure, children can learn;
- That some children with learning disabilities can return to the traditional classroom;
- That some children whose problems are more complex may need special help indefinitely;
-- But all can learn;
- One in five students cannot cope in a traditional classroom. Most have average or above intelligence; some are slow learners. These students are unique. Unless they are provided a program suited to their speed and style, they may become hopelessly enmeshed in a pattern of failure from which there is no escape.

About Mayor John C. Maingot
“Mayor John C. Maingot was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and immigrated with his family to the United States in October 1985. He has been married to his wife, Beth, for thirty-three (33) years, and has six daughters and two sons. Mr. Maingot is the Owner of Island Pride Landscapes.

Mr. Maingot has served as the District 1 City Commissioner for ten (10) years, during which time he served as Mayor from 2006-2008; he was again elected Mayor in November 2009. In 2008, he was a finalist for the Mayor of the Year from the Florida Cities of Excellence Awards. Mr. Maingot has served on various Longwood and Seminole County Committees.

From 1985 to 1986, Mr. Maingot was a Marketing Consultant for the North American Trinidad and Tobago Board of Tourism. Prior to that, Mr. Maingot worked for over twenty-seven (27) years in the Aviation Industry in the Technical/ Marketing/Management areas with various airlines and a tour agency. He also worked as a Marketing Manager and New Product Development with Colgate Palmolive Eastern Caribbean. In 2008, several of Mr. Maingot's landscaping clients were recognized as winners in the Parade of Homes.

Mr. Maingot attended the University of Florida for IFAS Annual Licensing courses. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a degree in Management Development and Marketing; and from the Fatima College, Port of Spain (Oxford and Cambridge).

Mr. Maingot has been very active in the community as a former Den Leader for the Boy Scouts of America, Co-Founder of both the Longwood National Night Out and Celebrate the Season, Founder of Longwood Caroling Group, and is a Member of Central Florida Society for Historical Preservation. In addition, he is involved at Church of Nativity as Lector, Lay Ministry and the Men’s Club.” (Source:

About Senator scott Plakon
“Scott Plakon is the State Representative for District 37 of the Florida House of Representatives and was elected in November 2008. He has been married to Suzanne Plakon since 1985 and they are blessed with six wonderful children. He attended Stetson University and graduated cum laude in 1981. In 1988, he founded the Nationwide Publishing Company Inc. The company publishes and prints in over 20 states and has an online presence in all 50 states and Canada. Representative Plakon believes that we all have a responsibility to give of our gifts, talents and resources to help others that may be in need. He has taken active roles in the community through many organizations. Some of those organizations are: Seminole State College, Sanford Rescue Outreach Mission, Harvest Time International, Parents Television Council and the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. In his first legislative session, Representative Plakon successfully passed three bills through the legislature which were signed into law by Governor Crist. This is a noteworthy accomplishment for a freshman legislator. He is a strong supporter and leader in protecting the foundational principles that our country was founded upon. Other interests of Representative Plakon’s are golf, reading, travel, table tennis, bowling and motorcycles.” (Source: Office of Representative Plakon)

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