Listed is a summary of the topics covered at the November 16, 2021 Leon County School Board meeting.
—- During Tuesday’s Leon County School Board meeting, Darryl Jones was nominated by Chair Joy Bowen and unanimously selected as the next Chair for the 2021-2022 school year.
Darryl Jones nominated board member Alva Striplin to be the Vice-Chair for the 2021-2022 school year.
The newly appointed Chair made a few remarks after his appointment. Jones said he is looking forward to the upcoming year and detailed a number of his priorities.
Jones wants to begin the groundwork for establishing a “privately funded intensive program for Title 1 schools.” He would like to consider creating a Grants Office, which will focus on obtaining grants and facilitate the authoring of grants for LCSB.
Jones said he would like to optimize public engagement and focus on Lively Technical College as a pathway for many students to learn a vocation. Jones concluded by saying he would like to create a state-of-the-art early learning center on the Southside.
—- The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce presented the Board with a $23,000 check toward Leon County Title 1 schools.
—- Red Hills Academy’s application was approved by the Board as directed by the State Board of Education. This approval comes after the LCSB denied the charter schools application in March 2021. Red Hills then filed an appeal. A hearing was held in August/September 2021 when the Charter School Appeal Commission recommended approval of the application to the State Board of Education.
Superintendent Rocky Hanna addressed the Red Hills Academy Board member, Chair Laura Joanos, after the approval. “You are now one of us. We will support you like one of us. If you succeed, we succeed, and the children succeed,” Hanna said.
—- The Board approved the out-of-county travel for school board members to the Florida School Board Association’s (FSBA) 76th annual Joint Conference in Tampa, Florida, on November 30 – December 3, 2021.
—- The Board voted to advertise the amendments to Policy 5780–Student/Parent Rights and approved the public hearing on January 11, 2022.