From Superintendent Buddy L. Brown:

Congratulations to the Ponce de Leon High School Girls Basketball Team for advancing to the  FHSAA Final Four Basketball Championships on the dates of February 22-24, 2023.  We could not be more proud of their accomplishment and the support from the community.  The girls have a semi-final game scheduled on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:00 PM EST, and with a win they will play in the finals on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 PM EST.

Since the games are being played on a weekday and school operations will be disrupted due to the number of students and school staff that have indicated their intent to travel, we feel it is in the best interest of the district to follow the schedule below: 

PDLE and PDLHS will be closed on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 and Thursday, February 23, 2023. 

OPTION 1:  PDLHS Lady Pirates win their semi-final game:

PDLE AND PDLHS will be closed on Friday, February 24, 2023.

OPTION 2:  PDLHS Lady Pirates do not win their semi-final game:

PDLE and PDLHS will conduct school on Friday, February 24, 2023.

These options have been developed based on the survey of employees and student body membership, and local community support as to their intent for attending the FHSAA Final Four.  Plans are being made for makeup days on remaining early release days or at the end of the school year if needed. 

We wish the Lady Pirates and their coaches the best of luck, and safe travels to all attending the games.