Florida Empowerment Scholarship

We know there are many questions surrounding the new Family Empowerment Act. Please review the letter below from our Head of School, Peter Klekamp, and Rachel Cone, Board Chair, which was sent in May addressing the school's position on this new scholarship program. 
We will update this page with any changes. 

If you have additional questions, please contact Nena Martinez, our Director of Admission at or 850-383-1007.
September 21, 2023

Dear Families, 

We want to reach out with an update regarding the Family Empowerment Act, also known as HB 1, that went into effect on July 1. At our annual Board of Trustees Retreat in August, Skylar Zander, who serves as president of Americans for Prosperity as well as Adam Emerson, Executive Director of the Office of Independent Learning and Parental Choice and responsible for running the Florida Empowerment Scholarships for the state, presented information regarding HB 1 and answered questions from the trustees. 

At this time, we have created a working committee as a subset of the Board of Trustees that will research, explore the program, ask the questions relevant to HCES, and ultimately provide a recommendation to the Board. This committee, comprised of board members, parents, and administrators, will begin meeting this fall with the goal of making a recommendation in the coming months. 

Family Empowerment Act Research Committee
Lance Mitchell, Trustee
Alexis Lambert, Trustee
Sheela VanHoose, Parent
Melissa Smith, Parent
Nena Martinez, Director of Admission
Peter Klekamp, Head of School 

The goal of the Board is to make an informed decision in advance of the 2024-2025 school year and any deadlines necessary for the next academic year. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to either of us. 

Thank you for your support of HCES and for being a valued member of our school community. 


Peter Klekamp             Brandi Brown
Head of School           Chair, Board of the Trustees

May 26, 2023

Dear Parents,

As many of you know the Family Empowerment Act, also known as HB1, will go into effect on July 1. A subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, comprised of administrators and parents, has been formed to evaluate the impact the Family Empowerment Act could potentially have on the future of our school. We will be taking the next six months to research, analyze, and make an informed decision on whether Holy Comforter Episcopal School will participate or not. Over that span of time, we plan to offer informational meetings in the Commons for our school community. At the appropriate time, the Board of Trustees will consider whether to participate for the 2024-2025 academic year and that decision will be communicated to all of you. There are still many questions surrounding this opportunity that we feel it necessary to take our time and make the best, most informed decision for our school community. 

We hope you enjoy your summer. 

Peter Klekamp             Rachel Cone
Head of School            Chair, Board of Trustees