Leon County School Board member Alva Striplin has told Tallahassee Reports she has requested the issue of personal relationships and nepotism be added to the agenda for the next school board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for July 24th, 2018.
School board members are afforded the opportunity to introduce topics for discussion during school board meetings.
“I asked the appropriate school board officials to include the topic on the agenda for the next meeting,” said Striplin.
Striplin’s actions come one day after Gilchrist Elementary principal David Solz was put on administrative leave following a Tallahassee Reports story detailing an improper relationship between Solz and a married teacher he supervises.
Other relationships among employees within the school district have also surfaced over the last year.
Striplin told TR she wants to initiate a policy discussion on how personal relationships and nepotism can impact people working in the school district. Striplin said, “I feel it is time we address this issue so that there is no allusion of preferential treatment within our school communities.”
Currently, sexual relationships between teachers and school administrators are not prohibited by school policy but are against the district’s code of ethics.
Striplin has represented School Board District 1 since her election on August 26, 2014.