Below are the news briefs from the Leon County School Board meeting that took place on September 27, 2022.
The school board a report from Chief Jimmy Williams from LCS (Leon County Schools) Safety and Security. Williams reported to the school board an executive summary of the improvements made to schools across the district to ensure school safety like remedying cellular dead spots on school grounds, increased cloud storage for school camera systems, and minimizing blind spots for security systems.
Vice Chair Alva Striplin asked Williams what LCS Safety and Security is discussing related to the firearms found on LCS grounds. Williams responded by saying that they are in near constant contact with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police, and the Florida Department of Education as a result of the recent string of firearms found on school grounds.
Superintendent Hanna said he brought State Attorney Jack Campbell and local principals into a roundtable discussion to discuss possible solutions. Hanna even threw out the possibility of metal detectors or K-9 units at school entrances to assist in preventing firearms from making it on campuses.
The school board also heard a report from LCS General Counsel Willian Spillias related to JUUL and vaping in schools. The report relayed some of the national trends for vaping among minors and some of the ways youth vaping can be prevented.
The vaping presentation provided an update on how Leon County Schools is considering joining a lawsuit with some of the other largest school districts across the U.S., at no additional cost. If the district joins and the collection of school districts are successful in the lawsuit, Leon County Schools could be awarded with “a substantial amount that would allow you to obtain enough resources to fund strong and effective anti-youth vaping efforts for many years.”
The school board approved a number of general consent items like approving contract/cooperative agreements including one where Leon County School Board assists the Franklin County School Board with its Workforce Program by providing reimbursement for the Welding instructor for the proportion of time the instructor is involved in teaching the Lively Post-Secondary Adult Vocational courses.
Another agreement was an Articulation Agreement between the Leon County School Board and Florida State University to comply with the current Florida Statutes for Dual Enrollment Courses.
One construction item was approved which supported a $21,000 sales tax funded project for Urban Catalyst Consultants, Inc. to revise and update Lawton Chiles High School’s Stormwater Management Facility.
In one of Superintendent Hanna’s comments during the meeting, he wanted to clarify that the recent scrutiny directed towards local law enforcement utilizing training from acquitted ex-Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher was not on their radar. Hanna said that he did not know that Gallagher was going to be training local law enforcement when local law enforcement was using Lawton Chiles High School as training grounds for emergency simulations.