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Media Advisory: Florida TaxWatch to Honor Wayman Academy of the Arts Principal with Leadership Award

Jacksonville, Fla. – On Thursday, March 5, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) will honor Wayman Academy of the Arts principal Simaran Bakshi with the 2019-20 Principal Leadership Award. Florida TaxWatch established the Principal Leadership Awards program in 2014 to identify Florida’s most effective principals in high-risk K-12 public schools, recognize and reward their work, and promote their transformational practices throughout the state. Principal Bakshi is one of nine elementary, middle, and high school principals to be honored with the award this year. 

During the ceremony, Principal Bakshi will also be awarding a Wayman Academy student with the Academic A+ Challenge Match Scholarship made possible by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.


Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Award Ceremony


Thursday, March 5, 2020

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Wayman Academy of the Arts

1176 Labelle Street

Jacksonville, FL 32205


Simaran Bakshi, Principal, Wayman Academy of the Arts

Cindy O’Connell, Director, Florida Prepaid College Foundation

Bob Nave, Vice President of Research, Florida TaxWatch

Media is invited to attend. Please coordinate with McKinley Lewis via email at or by phone 813.469.4538.

About Florida TaxWatch
As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute for more than forty years and the trusted eyes and ears of Florida taxpayers, Florida TaxWatch works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government. Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses. Florida TaxWatch is supported by its membership via voluntary, tax-deductible donations and private grants, and does not accept government funding. Donations provide a solid, lasting foundation that has enabled Florida TaxWatch to bring about a more effective, responsive government that is more accountable to, and productive for, the citizens it serves since 1979. For more information, please visit



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